Car Goes Airborne, Crashes Following Chase in Sumter

A man is under arrest and a deputy is injured following a low-speed chase through Sumter.

SUMTER, SC (WLTX) - A man is under arrest and a deputy is injured following a low-speed chase through Sumter Wednesday night, according to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say they were conducting a driver’s license safety checkpoint Wednesday night on Mooneyhan Road when a vehicle approaching the checkpoint turned off into a church parking lot without using a turn signal and then re-entered Mooneyhan Road headed in the opposite direction.

A deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle but the driver refused to stop, leading deputies through and along various streets and roadways in the city and county, deputies say.

The vehicle then collided with a curb, went airborne and rolled over on Atlantic Street, near the intersection with Manning Avenue, according to deputies. Neither of the two people inside was injured.

The driver, identified as Tyburious Marquis Heyward, 19, of Sumter, is charged with driving under suspension, second offense and failure to stop for blue lights and siren.

During the chase, a deputy lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree, according to the sheriff's office. The deputy, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, was treated and released from Palmetto Health Tuomey hospital.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.

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