Troopers: Summerville man facing charges after chase, crash

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a Summerville man who led troopers on a chase early Tuesday morning is in custody.

Seth Grooms, 30, is charged with failure to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension and reckless driving, Lance Cpl. Matt Southern said.

In 2018, Grooms was accused of leading law enforcement on a 90-minute police chase during which he struck two police cars before the pursuit ended. Authorities say he also escaped from jail in 2015.

On Tuesday, Southern said troopers attempted to stop a 2017 GMC Yukon on Highway 61 for excessive speed at approximately 1:52 a.m. when the driver, later identified as Grooms, began fleeing. The trooper continued to pursue Grooms through the Highwoods Plantation Neighborhood.

Summerville resident, David Diaz, says he heard the sirens coming through his neighborhood.

“He endangered a lot of lives, a lot of brave police officer’s lives,” Diaz said.

Grooms allegedly cut through yards, narrowly missing homes. In one case, he drove just inches away from a bedroom where a child was sleeping inside. Tire tracks could be seen in the grass in various parts of the neighborhood.

Highwood resident, Cathie Brailey says she moved to the neighborhood a few weeks ago. She says Grooms drove through her yard and knocked down her fence as law enforcement followed.

“The light was coming and flashing all over the place and the noise was like a demolition derby and I just thought, any minute now something is just going to come through the door and finally it subsided and slowly went away but then it went around the neighborhood,” Brailey said.

Deputies say Grooms lost a tire but kept driving. An incident report says when he left the neighborhood he traveled through Dorchester Memory Gardens and drove back onto Highway 17-A toward Fisher Road. Deputies say he was traveling at about 80 mph.

Grooms crashed the vehicle at Dorchester Road and West Fisher Road at approximately 2:01 a.m., Southern said.

“I’m just glad it wasn’t during the day where there were kids, but it’s just a mess,” Brailey said.

After the crash, Grooms ran away on foot leaving behind a woman who was a passenger in the truck, troopers said.

Dorchester County deputies were able to assist in Grooms’ capture, Southern said.

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