RANTOWLES, S.C. (WCBD) -This 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.
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.
The driver 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.
This is an active investigation, with suspect’s identity pending. Anybody with information is asked to call the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office at 843-743-7200 or Crimestoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111