Deputies rescue toddler, man, and puppy from car fire following pursuit

Charleston County deputies rescued a toddler, a man and a puppy from a car fire in Awendaw. (Source: Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District)
Charleston County deputies rescued a toddler, a man and a puppy from a car fire in Awendaw. (Source: Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District)
Charleston County deputies rescued a toddler, a man and a puppy from a car fire in Awendaw. (Source: Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District)
Charleston County deputies rescued a toddler, a man and a puppy from a car fire in Awendaw. (Source: Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County deputies rescued a toddler, a man and a puppy from a car fire in Awendaw.

Charleston County deputies initially attempted a traffic stop on the car for an equipment violation on Highway 17N near South Santee Road in McClellanville.

"The driver fled southbound on Highway 17N towards Awendaw," CCSO officials said."The driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash into trees near Steed Creek Road."

According to the sheriff's office, the driver, identified as Shanqunek Shirlena Fleming from Charleston, exited the vehicle and was taken into custody at which point the vehicle caught on fire.

A report states deputies saw an unresponsive man in the front passenger's seat, along with a toddler and puppy in the rear seat.

"Deputies were unable to access the driver's side due to trees, while the rear passenger's door was jammed shut," CCSO officials said."Deputies attempted to shatter the rear windows with a baton, but were unsuccessful."

The sheriff's office says the fire quickly spread to the rear, forcing deputies to climb into the vehicle to remove the toddler and the puppy.

The incident report states the child was not injured, and was released to the custody of the SC Dept of Social Services. The unresponsive man has since been released.

The suspect was treated and transported to the Al Cannon Detention Center.

"The puppy was transported to an emergency veterinary hospital for an injured leg," CCSO officials said."Awendaw Fire and Charleston County EMS also arrived on scene to assist. The SC Highway Patrol was notified to investigate the collision. This is an active investigation."

Fleming was charged with failure to stop for blue light, reckless driving, child endangerment, ill treatment of animals, possession of stolen property (license plate), and driving under suspension.

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