BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County deputies say a high-speed chase late Saturday night killed the driver of the fleeing vehicle and led to the arrest of the passenger.
Latrrio Kenya Singleton, 37, of Cross, was the driver of a vehicle involved in the crash on Highway 45 in Pineville, Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said. Singleton died on the scene after being ejected from his vehicle, Salisbury said. Investigators say he was not wearing a seatbelt and his death was rule accidental.
Tyrone Kawuan Jones will face charges related to the incident, according to Berkeley County Chief Deputy Mike Cochran. EMS took Jones to an area hospital for evaluation before he was transported to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center where he was expected to be served with warrants related to the case, Cochran said.
Deputies were patrolling on Matilda Circle off Highway 45 in Pineville, an area Cochran said is the source of "numerous complaints about drug activity," shortly before 11 p.m. on Saturday. A deputy saw a red Ford Mustang leaving the end of a dead-end road commit a moving violation and attempted a traffic stop, Cochran said.
Deputies say the Mustang took off on Highway 45 and accelerated to speeds above 100 mph. The driver of the Mustang, identified as Singleton, continued speeding away after the deputy activated his blue lights and siren and at one point was clocked driving 118 mph, deputies say.
Cochran said the Mustang struck another vehicle on Highway 45 near Gould Road.
SCHP Lance Corporal Matt Southern said it appears the Mustang tried to pass another car as the front car was making a left turn. The Mustang flipped over several times.
Deputies arrested Jones who they say was walking around the crashed Mustang. Inside the car, deputies found a bag containing 12.56 gross grams of a white, rock-like substance that field-tested presumptive to be cocaine as found several open cans of beer in the wreckage, Cochran said.
The occupants of the other vehicle were uninjured, deputies say.
Anyone with information about what lead up to the chase should call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at 843-719-4465.
The Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident.
Jones was being held pending a bond hearing.