COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – An attempted traffic stop turned into a high-speed in Colleton County earlier this week.
According to a press release from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were conducting traffic enforcement near the area of Sidney’s and Industrial Road on February 19th when they observed a gold Chevrolet Silverado fail to come to a complete stop at the intersection.
Deputies attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver instead accelerated at a high rate of speed and a vehicle pursuit was underway.
During the chase, which reached continued speeds close to 110mph, the communications center advised deputies that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Dorchester County.
In an attempt to cause a traffic collision with the following authorities, the driver of the stolen vehicle began slamming on the brakes. The car later approached a curve, which forced other vehicles off the road.
The suspects in the stolen vehicle exited the right side of the road, drove through thick brush, rammed the vehicle through two metal gates, gained access to wooded areas and cut through corn fields and hunting trails an effort to evade authorities.
Deputies continued to follow the vehicle until it crashed into a deep ditch before making its way into a nearby pond.
The chase did not stop there. Deputies observed both a white male wearing a yellow and white long sleeve shirt and a black male wearing a blue shirt and red hat make their way through the pond in an attempt to get away.
Authorities say both suspects ignored commands to stop and continued swimming through the pond.
With assistance from the Walterboro Airport, SCDNR, and the Cottageville Police Department, officers were able to secure the area and began tracking the suspect from the air and with K9 assistance.
Inside the vehicle, deputies say they found a receipt from a local store, made contact with management and obtained video of the white male which matched the description of the suspect.
That suspect was positively identified as Marcus Ray Goins.
In addition to a previous warrant for failing to appear, new warrants were obtained for possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to stop for blue lights, and driving under suspension.
The black male suspect has not yet been identified.
“When you decide to gamble with the well-being of our deputies and the residents of Colleton County, you’re betting your life as well,” said Sheriff R.A. Strickland. “At the end of the day, the goals for our residents are simple: safety and security.”
Anyone with information about either suspect is asked to call the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.