Troopers: 1 dead after Colleton Co. high-speed pursuit

Published: Nov. 10, 2023 at 6:42 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2023 at 9:21 PM EST
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COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol says one person is dead following a pursuit that resulted in a crash in Colleton County.

The crash happened approximately two miles south of Walterboro on Highway 15 near Burlington Road around 3 a.m. Friday, Master Trooper Gary Miller said.

Deputies say they observed a 2005 Honda Pilot driving in a manner that led them to believe the driver was under the influence. They attempted to initiate a traffic stop, and the driver sped off, exceeding speeds of 105 mph.

Miller said the driver lost control and went off the roadway to the right, struck a tree and it caught on fire.

Crews with Colleton Fire-Rescue pronounced the driver dead at the scene.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the crash.

The Colleton County Coroner’s Office has not yet released the name of the victim.