High speed chase ends in deadly crash

Photo courtesy of Darlington County Sheriff's Office

A man has died after deputies say he crashed his minivan into a Hartsville police officer's patrol car during a high speed chase around 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

Leroy Roberson, 51, of Lynchburg died in that crash at the intersection of US Hwy 15 and SC Hwy 151 near Hartsville, according to Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee.

A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper started chasing Roberson on Highway 15 in Lee County, according to Captain Andy Locklair with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office.

The trooper was trying to pull over Roberson, who was speeding, according to Corporal Sonny Collins with South Carolina Highway Patrol, but said Roberson wouldn't stop.

The Hartsville police officer was treated and released from the hospital, Locklair said.

The accident is being investigated by the Darlington County Coroner's Office.