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Suspected DUI driver sends South Carolina deputy, child to hospital

Both a deputy and an eight-year-old child were airlifted to an area hospital for treatment.
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HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C. — A South Carolina man is in custody accused of rear-ending a deputy's vehicle on Saturday afternoon and sending that deputy and a child to the hospital.

According to an update from the Hampton County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Mike Davis Jr. was conducting a traffic stop on Highway 321 near Secession Road around 4:20 p.m. when his vehicle was struck.

Investigators allege that 41-year-old Rahcheem Albright of Estil ran into the rear of Deputy Davis's vehicle which led to him being air-lifted to an area hospital. Also taken by helicopter was an eight-year-old passenger who was in Albright's vehicle at the time of the crash.

Since the crash, authorities say that Deputy Davis has been released from the hospital. It's unclear what condition the child is in but, according to a message from Sheriff Anthony Russell, he had spoken with the child's family and has asked for continued prayers.

Albright has since been charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, and child endangerment.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and no additional details are available.

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