Deputies: Drunk driver flees checkpoint after hitting trooper

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a drunk driver struck a highway patrolman with his car during a chase that ended in Goose Creek after he fled a traffic checkpoint last Friday.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, 26-year-old Elizah Robertson of Goose Creek attempted to get away from a traffic check point that was set up in the area of Myers Road, when he hit a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper and a Berkeley County deputy.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Dan Moon later said a Berkeley County deputy was actually not struck during the chase.

Authorities say Robertson fled the scene and headed towards Highway 176 approaching the checkpoint area, where he struck a white Cadillac that was stopped at the checkpoint.

Deputies say the suspect continued to evade troopers and Berkeley County deputies after hitting a second car.

A sheriff's office spokesman said Robertson turned onto Highway 176 towards Goose Creek and collided with a Chevy Pickup truck, which was attempting to make a U-turn near Branchwood Drive.

Officials say after the collision, Robertson went off the road into a wooded area causing a minor fire.

Authorities apprehended Robertson and charged him with assault and driving under the influence.

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