GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A 37-year-old man is facing charges after authorities said he tried to ram three South Carolina Department of Natural Resources vehicles and run over an agent, according to authorities.
The incident began on Oct. 12 while DNR agents were conducting an operation for night hunting in Georgetown County. The officers tried to stop a suspect’s truck, but the driver fled and then tried to use his truck to run over an officer and ram agency vehicles.
“Thankfully, no officers were injured,” officials told News 2.
DNR officers identified the driver using the truck’s license-plate number, and a plate reader then helped them locate the vehicle. Georgetown County deputies tried to pull over the GMC truck near Church and Cannon streets, but the driver took off again.
According to a report, the chase entered Georgetown city limits at Five Points and onto N. Fraser and North Merriman streets reaching speeds of 80 and 90 mph. The truck almost hit a car that was backing out of a space at The Money Saver and then continued at speeds of 100 mph as it headed toward the town of Andrews, the report said.
The chase ended in Williamsburg County where the suspect, David Cooper, was taken into custody for failing to stop for blue lights and on warrants from the DNR. A passenger in the truck, Katherine Mitchell, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for petty larceny and also charged with night hunting.
News 2 has reached out to the DNR for more information related to their agents.