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Deputy on leave, video shows cruiser hit motorcyle during deadly chase

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Berkeley County, S.C. (WACH)-- A Berkeley County deputy has been placed on administrative leave after colliding with a motorcycle during a high-speed chase Wednesday night, causing a wreck that killed the driver.

Just before midnight, deputy James Vansant was on patrol in the College Park Road area when he observed a motorcycle traveling approximately 66 miles per hour in the posted 45 miles per hour zone.

When the deputy activated his emergency lights, the motorcycle sped up and refused to stop.

Video footage was posted on the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office YouTube page which showed the crash.


Robert Lee Clark, 30, of Goose Creek lost control after the officer collided with his motorcycle.

During the chase, Clark ran through several red lights and reached speeds of up to 111 miles per hour.

At the the end of the pursuit, Clark attempted to drive away from the officer but appeared to have missed a gear while the motorcycle continued to slow down causing him to lose control,strike the curb and crash.

He was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene.

The pursuit covered a little over seven miles in a five and a half minute time frame.

Deputy Vansant is on administrative leave while the Sheriff's Office and the SC Highway Patrol investigate.




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