More Breaking News *Updated*
We have more breaking news out of Berkeley County and it’s sort of a bad news-good news situation.
First, the bad news - A patrol car caught fire.
Good news - Cars can be replaced.
Bad news - This cruiser was being driven by a deputy.
Good news - The deputy survived.
This photo is from the scene of a crash in Hwy 17 (at the Tractor Supply store, we believe) after the BCSO deputy was run off the road by a fleeing felon during a vehicle pursuit earlier this morning. We are told the deputy was checked out by medical personnel and is doing fine. The suspect, said to be driving a stolen car, was later stopped and taken into custody after the vehicle he was driving was disabled with spike strips. No word yet on any charges, but we will update you as the information becomes available.
We want to make one thing very clear - again. While we will write articles about corrupt police administrators and the occasional officer accused of serious wrong-doing, we always support the officers on the front line. BCSO has quite a few decent deputies who earnestly put their lives on the line every day they hit the streets. This is just one example.
Update: Clinton Clark has been charged in this incident with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Aggravated Assault and Failure to Stop for Blue Lights.
Jennifer Capps, a passenger in the vehicle driven by Clark and his latest girlfriend, was arrested on a warrant out of Hanahan.
As of 6:30 p.m. neither was showing up in the Hill-Finklea inmate database.
Both have prior criminal histories.
Grand Larceny - Dismissed at the request of the victim.
2013 Charges - Dorchester County:
3rd Degree Assault & Battery by Mob - Dismissed by the 1st Circuit Solicitor.
2005 Charges - Berkeley County:
B&E Motor Vehicle - Reduced to a magistrate level charge by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
2005 Charges - Charleston County:
B&E Motor Vehicle - Sent down to municipal court in Folly Beach by the 9th Circuit Solicitor as “trespassing”.
Attempted Robbery - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor with the notation “co-defendant confessed”.
2005 Charges - Dorchester County:
B&E Motor Vehicle - Pled guilty. Sentenced by Judge Perry Buckner to 5 years, suspended in favor of 3 years probation.
Hey, that’s more than he got in the 9th Circuit.
2006 Charges - Charleston County:
Probation Violation - Probation revoked for a brief period.
Possession of Cocaine - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
2011 Charges - Berkeley County:
2nd Degree Burglary - Dismissed at the request of the victim.
2014 Charges - Berkeley County:
Felon in Possession of a Firearm - Reduced to Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol. Sentenced by Judge Kristi Harrington to 60 days.
And we have also come across a couple more photos from the scene.