Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Highway Patrol car catches fire following chase in Horry County - WMBFNews.com | Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC | News, Weather, Sports

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - One person is in custody after colliding their SUV with a South Carolina Highway Patrol car during a high speed chase on Highway 501 late Monday night.

Horry County Police spokesperson Lt. Creel said the chase began around 11:44 p.m. after a trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Highway 501 in front of Addy's Harbor Dodge.

During the chase, in which police said speeds reached over 100 miles per hour, the trooper and SUV collided near East Cox Ferry Road. The SUV took off while the trooper's vehicle caught fire. An initial cause of that fire remains under investigation.

Several minutes later the suspect was captured on Highway 501 near Cook Road, an area North of Conway. HCPD then said officers used stop sticks to get the SUV to come to a halt.

The driver has been identified as Allen Jackson Goodman of Biscoe, NC. Goodman has been charged with DUI, driving under suspension and failure to stop for a blue light.

Neither the trooper nor Jackson was believed to have suffered any injuries in the crash.

The Horry County Sheriffs Office is now investigating the case along with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. HCPD said the suspect was driving under a suspended license.

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Highway Patrol car catches fire following chase in Horry County - WMBFNews.com | Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC | News, Weather, Sports