CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County sheriffs officials said on Tuesday that their deputy did the right thing in a high speed chase that took the life of a driver.
In a press conference, Assistant Sheriff Mitch Lucas said the off-duty sergeant was following protocol when he witnessed a hit-and-run, and then chased the suspect, Ronald Andrews, in Dorchester County.
"We actually review any cases that we have to determine were they necessary," Lucas said."In this case I think that it's apparent that it was necessary.We can't let people run without at least trying to catch them if we know they've done something terrible."
During the chase, Andrews crashed into two cars, killing one of the drivers, 59-year-old Donald Echols of Ladson.
Andrews is being held in Dorchester County jail on a $3 million bond, facing felony DUI resulting in death and failure to stop for blue lights.
Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the accident.