FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A Florence County sheriff’s deputy was injured Saturday after crashing her cruiser during a police pursuit, according to Sheriff TJ Joye, who said she is lucky to be alive.
Joye said it took two hours to get the female deputy out of the cruiser after the crash on Highway 52 at Charlie Floyd Road in the Effingham area. She was flown to McCleold Regional Medical Center after the crash.
The pursuit began just after 1 p.m. when the deputy stopped a vehicle on South Irby Street for a moving violation, according to Major Michael Nunn of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle initially stopped, but sped away as the deputy approached it, Nunn said.
The pursuit continued south on South Irby Street until the deputy lost control of her cruiser, went across the median and hit a tree, Nunn said. The deputy’s cruiser and the suspect’s vehicle did not come into contact with each other during the pursuit, Nunn said.
The sheriff’s office did not provide an update on the deputy’s condition on Sunday, and authorities have not released any additional information about the suspect vehicle. The South Carolina Highway Patrol’s Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is handling the investigation.
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