Two Florence County Sheriff deputies are recovering after their patrol car crashed on Half Moon Road in Johnsonville just after 8:30 Friday evening, according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Joseph Antwine, 23, has several broken bones and a badly injured foot, according to officials. We're told Antwine remains in intensive care.
Deputy Brandon Floyd, 26, suffered several cuts and bruises in the crash, but is expected to be ok according to officials. He was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon.
Antwine and Floyd were riding together and heading to provide backup for a deputy on an domestic call.
Antwine was driving and lost control of the 2009 Dodge Charger when he approached a curve, officials said.
The car flipped several times and hit a light pole. Both deputies were thrown from the vehicle.
Officials say Antwine was wearing a seatbelt, and it's unknown if Floyd was wearing one.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol Special Accident Investigation Team is investigating the accident.
Neighbors Wayne and Patsy Ard said they heard the car wreck Friday night and ran outside to help.
"We ran out and I saw smoke so I grabbed my fire extinguisher outside the shop but thank the Lord it wasn't on fire," Wayne Ard explained.
While Wayne tended to one of the deputies, his wife Patsy said she was helping the other.
"I helped the nurse or whoever was there with him. We took his belt off and his jacket and he's complaining that his ribs are hurt and he wouldn't sit down. He had blood all over his face," Patsy Ard explained.
Officials say Pamplico police responded to the domestic call the deputies were trying to get to before the accident and arrested three people.
"Something like this effects our entire office," Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone stated. "We are more like family than anything else. Our deputies never know whether the call they are on will change their lives forever. They choose to serve the public anyway. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joesph and Brandon at this time."
The Florence County Sheriff's Office is recommending donations be made to the deputies through the Law Enforcement Advocacy Foundation (LEAF) which is an independent registered charitable organization founded to support local law enforcement, and to which tax deductible donations can be made.
LEAF is working directly with the deputies and their families to meet their specific financial needs during their recovery period. Anyone wishing to contribute can make checks payable to LEAF at 2700 Whirlaway Avenue, Florence, S.C. 29505.