Bennettsville police officer injured in crash during high-speed chase

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BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (WBTW) — A Bennettsville police officer was injured early Tuesday morning after his vehicle overturned during a pursuit, according to state troopers.

The officer was attempting to stop the vehicle after it was reportedly doing “burnouts” in the parking lot of the IGA in McColl, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Burnouts are when the vehicle stays stationary and spins its wheels (through power braking), causing the tires to smoke.

The officer tried to pull the vehicle over in the area of SC 385 near Jennings, but the vehicle fled the scene. The vehicle proceeded toward Jennings and Main streets at a high rate of speed, eventually losing control and striking a house on Main Street, according to the report.

The officer struck a concrete column during the pursuit, troopers said. The officer’s family has identified him as Stephen Sutton, although police have yet to release his name. His family says he is in stable condition at the hospital.

Rick Fisher, who owns the home where the crash happened, said his wife woke him up and said something hit the house.

“We came out on the front porch and I saw a fire down on the front yard,” he said. “Apparently the police car had hit a column and it overturned and burst into flames and then I saw the pickup truck underneath our front porch.”

Fisher said he never thought someone would hit his home because it’s so far from the road.

“Over the years, people have driven through our yard, they’ve hit both neighbors on both sides of us, but they never hit our house,” Fisher said. “Then we move back here 300+ feet from the road and I guess somebody thought this was a road.”

The person driving the other vehicle was taken into custody. Their name has not been released.

Count on News13 for updates as we learn more.

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