Cops: Suspected car thief tased after running from police on Interstate 26

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Police officers say they tased a suspected car thief who led authorities on a foot chase on Interstate 26 after the man crashed a stolen car into several trees in Dorchester County.

On Thursday around 1:17 a.m., the St. George Police Department responded to the Flying J gas station on 113 Motel Drive in reference to an Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office deputy locating a stolen truck.

The responding St. George police officer said as he approached the stolen truck parked at the gas pumps, the vehicle drove off.  According to a police report, when the officer activated his emergency lights, the suspect's truck sped off and got onto I-95.

During the pursuit, authorities say speeds reached between 100 and 110 mph, and at one point, the suspect's truck nearly struck a car.

Authorities say the suspect eventually led authorities to I-26 where the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office deployed stop sticks. Officers say after the sticks disabled three of the suspect's truck's tires, the vehicle continued to evade police until it reached mile marker 180 where the truck left the roadway.

According to police, the driver was seen jumping from the driver's seat just before the truck struck several small trees. Officers say the suspect then ran across westbound lanes and into the woods where a police officer tased him.

Authorities say they found an open can of beer in the front passenger side floorboard of the stolen truck.

An incident report states the suspect, who identified himself as "Chico Martin," had slight injuries to his head and face and was transported to Trident Hospital for evaluation.

St. George police officials say once the suspect is positively identified, he will be charged with failure to stop for blue lights and sirens and open container.

More charges may be filed in the case.

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