Sheriff’s Office Releases Dashcam Video, Chase Report That Led To Fatal Crash
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Authorities from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office have released a dashcam of a chase they say ended with the suspect exiting his vehicle and crossing the lanes off I-26 where he was fatally struck by another vehicle.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as 27-year-old Ladarrius Christian of Memphis, Tennessee.
The May 16 video shows deputies chasing Christian’s vehicle down the highway, and at one point sparks appear from under the vehicle. An incident report indicates that police units used banging sticks to deflate the suspect’s vehicle which ultimately came to a stop near the Highway 52 connector.
Investigators say the suspect exited his vehicle and crossed the westbound and eastbound lanes of I-26 before being struck by a civilian vehicle near the ramp connecting the connector to the eastbound I-26. is.
Highway Patrol is investigating the death.
In addition to the dash cam video, the sheriff’s office also released the incident report of the chase and accident.
Sheriff’s office report on pursuit, accident
On May 16 at 12:55 a.m., a deputy attempted to carry out a traffic stop on a Jeep at the intersection of Ashley Phosphate Road and Stall Road after reporting that he had seen the vehicle take a sudden turn without signaling and cross a raised median and three to the east. ways.
The deputy said he believed the driver was intoxicated and stopped the vehicle at a Speedway, and when the deputy walked over to the Jeep, the vehicle left the parking lot, at which point a chase on I-26 ensued.
The sheriff’s office says that during the chase, speeds reached between 115 mph and 125 mph and drove through downtown Charleston before returning to I-26 toward North Charleston.
Authorities say the suspect’s vehicle eventually hit stop sticks placed by North Charleston police units, and the vehicle eventually slowed down and hit a barrier wall on the Highway 52 connector.
The report says the driver then exited the vehicle and proceeded to cross all lanes of I-26. Deputies who were in pursuit said they heard a loud crash and then heard on the radio that the driver had been hit by a truck.
According to the sheriff’s office, a woman, identified as the deceased’s girlfriend, took the Highway 52 connector and said she believed the deceased was her boyfriend. Deputies said when they asked the woman why he ran away, the woman replied: ‘He’s still running away from the police’.
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