Florence chase suspect in custody, deputy taken to hospital after fiery crash


One suspect is in custody after a chase caused a fiery crash on I-95 in Florence County Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities were on scene after the crash on I-95 South near mile marker 170.

The Florence County Sheriff's Office confirmed there was a police chase that ended in a crash.

They said they believe the chase is connected to an incident near Ebenezer and Colony Drive where a suspect stole a car.

Major Michael Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff's Office said that suspect took off in the car and that is what started the chase.

Viewer Sarah Nicole O'Brien provided this video of the chase:

Nunn said during the chase, a deputy hit a car. The deputy and two people in the other car were taken to the hospital.

He said the deputy's car caught fire, but none of the injuries are life-threatening.

Nunn said the car the deputy hit was a different car from the one being chased.

An anonymous viewer provided this video of the crash scene:

According to officials, after that crash, the suspect kept driving and the chase continued with Florence County Deputies and South Carolina Highway Patrol in pursuit.

Nunn said officials followed the car into a wooded area off of I-95.

Witnesses said police could be seen driving around Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Industrial Park off of HWY 327 near the interstate as if they were looking for someone.

Witnesses also said it appeared officials had set up a staging area near the industrial park.

The suspect was caught and taken to the hospital. Officials have not released the suspect's condition.

A dog named Cooper was also reported missing after the chase. Cooper's owners say he was in the car that was carjacked. He has since been found.

The Darlington County Sheriff's office is investigating the incidents.

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