GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A 37-year-old man is facing charges after authorities say he attempted to ram three South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) vehicles and run over one of their officers last week.
SCDNR officers were conducting a night hunting operation in Georgetown County on October 13 after observing an individual shine a field when the initial incident happened.
The officers tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle but the individual fled and then attempted to use his truck to run over an officer and ram agency vehicles. “Thankfully, no officers were injured,” officials told News 2.
SCDNR officers identified the driver through their license plate number. A plate reader then helped them locate the vehicle.
Georgetown County deputies attempted a traffic stop on the suspect’s GMC truck while near Church and Cannon Streets; however, the driver took off again.
According to a report, the chase entered Georgetown city limits at Five Points and traveled on N. Fraser and North Merriman reaching speeds of 80 and 90 mph.
The suspect – David Cooper – almost struck a car that was backing out of a space at The Money Saver and continued at speeds of 100 mph as he headed toward the Town of Andrews, the report said.
The chase came to an end in Williamsburg County where Cooper was taken into custody for failing to stop for blue lights and on warrants from SCDNR including night hunting, four charges for assault and battery in the first degree, failure to stop for blue lights, and possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon.
A passenger, Katherine Mitchell, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for petty larceny and is charged with night hunting.