Chase ends in head-on collision
A police chase involving a stolen vehicle that began in Anderson ended Monday in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 29 near its intersection with Elrod Ferry Road.
Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland said it is a miracle no one was killed in the high-speed collision, especially a young local man who was driving a Chevrolet Silverado that was struck by the Ford Explorer being chased by Anderson County deputies.
“He was checked out by EMS and he seems OK,” Cleveland said. “I told him if he didn’t know God, God certainly knew him.”
The chase began when Anderson County deputies identified a suspected stolen vehicle for which they had been searching for hours, Cleveland said. Four people, three men and a woman, were in the white Ford Explorer and the driver attempted to get away from Anderson law enforcement, Cleveland said.
He said he pulled into Elrod Ferry Road as his deputies went further down toward South Carolina to set a spike strip to slow down the Explorer, but by the time Anderson deputies and chased the vehicle past Cleveland, “they were still running 95-100 mph,” he said.
As Cleveland was pulling out to join the chase, he said the Explorer collided with the truck, ending the chase and badly damaging both vehicles.
“The only reason (the driver of the truck) is still alive is because (the Explorer) hit on the passenger side,” Cleveland said.
The driver of the truck was walking and talking with family and friends at the scene of the crash shortly after, apparently unscathed. Cleveland said the female in the Explorer was being checked out by EMS and he believed everyone in the vehicle survived without major injury.
The driver and all three passengers in the Explorer will be charged with possession of methamphetamine, Cleveland said. He expects other charges to come for the driver of the Explorer as well. All four were being booked at Hart County Jail on Monday afternoon.