DARLINGTON, SC (WBTW) – Darlington County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to search for a driver who led them on a chase Thursday night.

Lt. Robert Kilgo with the sheriff’s office says the chase began around 10:00 p.m. Thursday when deputies tried to pull over a driver when they saw an SUV drive into oncoming traffic on McIver Road near Charleston Road. The driver refused to stop, leading the deputies on a chase into Florence County.

The driver stopped in a neighborhood off North Douglas Street in the Florence area, according to Lt. Kilgo. The driver then got out of the vehicle and ran into a nearby wooded area. The SUV rolled backward, hitting the patrol car. The deputy wasn’t injured and South Carolina Highway Patrol was called in to investigate the collision.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office K9 Tracking Team and Aviation Unit searched for the driver for approximately an hour until the search was called off.

Inside the vehicle, deputies discovered a loaded handgun and an open container of alcohol.

Anyone with information about the driver is asked to call the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office at 843-398-4501.