Crews recover body of suspect who jumped into a canal in Saint Stephen following a chase

Berkeley County News

SAINT STEPHEN, S.C. (WCBD) – Law enforcement recovered the body of a suspect who jumped off a bridge over a rediversion canal following a police pursuit Monday afternoon.

It began with a police chase involving the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office on Highway 45 and ended up on US 52 in Saint Stephen where an accident occurred on the bridge over the canal.

Authorities say the suspect then exited his vehicle and jumped into the canal.

Search and rescue crews spent a few hours searching for the suspect before he was later recovered in the water shortly after 4:00 p.m.

The coroner’s office will release more information, including the suspect’s identity, at a later time.

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