Deputies: Man intentionally struck Trooper's vehicle during chase

Deputies: Man intentionally struck Trooper's vehicle during chase
Source: Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said a Dorchester County man is in custody after admitting to intentionally ramming a Highway Patrol trooper's marked vehicle Thursday night.

Ismael Clark, 25, is charged by the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office with one count of attempted murder after the collision.

"This individual has acted as if he is above the law, endangering the lives of law enforcement personnel as we as an innocent public," Ravenell said. "Even in court, he demonstrated it's his way or no way."

During a hearing on Friday, Orangeburg County Magistrate Sam Daily attempted to set bond before the Summerville man began to get loud, demanding the court telephone a family member. Clark did not make clear to the court what any message to a relative might be.

After several unsuccessful attempts to set bond, Daily ordered the subject back to his cell to await another hearing at a later time, deputies say.

The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety say they initiated a vehicle chase with Clark Thursday night when authorities there said Clark sped through Orangeburg city limits at speeds of up to 80 MPH.

That chase went into the county where ODPS and OCSO officers were following the Summerville man.

Around 7:20 p.m. a SC Highway Patrolman reported that he was traveling on Charleston Highway toward Orangeburg when he met the oncoming chase. At that point, Clark veered over into the trooper's lane and nearly hit him head on at a speed estimated to be more than 100 MPH, deputies say.

Both vehicles spun out with Clark attempting to flee on foot. He was apprehended a short while later hiding behind a residence.

The trooper nor Clark were injured in the collision.

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