Deputies apprehend suspect who drove into marsh, fled scene on Monday

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RANTOWLES, S.C. (WCBD) – On Monday morning at approximately 3:00 a.m., a deputy attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was driving erratically on Savannah Highway in Ravenel, according to the Public Information Officer Roger Antonio with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.  

Deputies located the suspect and discovered that he was wanted by the Berkeley county Sheriff’s Office for outstanding warrants.  He was transported to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office for their outstanding warrants.  

Subsequent to the investigation, Charleston County deputies confirmed that he was the same subject that fled from them yesterday morning, Antonio stated.  

Charleston County Sheriff’s Office will have charges on Andrew Kluczinsky, 44-year-old for Failure to Stop for Blue Lights and Driving Under Suspension, Antonio added.

The vehicle did not stop and fled towards the Bulow boat landing in Rantowles, Antonio added.  The suspect, with an adult female passenger onboard, drove the vehicle into the water at the boat landing.  

Kluczinsky exited the car and swam towards the surrounding marsh, where deputies observed him hiding.  Deputies noticed the female passenger struggling to free herself from the sinking vehicle, at which time they entered the water in an attempt to rescue her.  

As deputies got close to the vehicle, the female was able to exit on her own.  The helicopter, Marine Patrol and Underwater Recovery Team searched the water and marsh, but concluded that the suspect likely escaped. 

The submerged vehicle was recovered from the water and it was not reported stolen at the time. However, deputies located a firearm inside, Antonio stated.  

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