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Man escapes after brief getaway on flat tire

An officer and K-9 unit with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office walk along S.C. 46 near S.C 170 Tuesday afternoon after a man fled from his vehicle into the woods.
An officer and K-9 unit with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office walk along S.C. 46 near S.C 170 Tuesday afternoon after a man fled from his vehicle into the woods. Sarah Welliver, The Island Packet

A man led police on a short chase through greater Bluffton on Tuesday until he drove over a curb, blew a tire and then avoided arrest by abruptly stopping the car and running into woods off S.C. 170.

Police tried to stop the sedan after it ran a red light at the intersection of S.C. 170 and Bluffton Parkway at about 1:40 p.m., Bluffton police Sgt. Joseph Babkiewicz said. The driver fled southeast to the traffic circle at the intersection of S.C. 170 and May River Road and damaged a tire on a curb. The vehicle only made it a few hundred yards out of the circle before the driver pulled to the right shoulder and darted into the woods, according to Babkiewicz.

The unidentified suspect is a light-skinned black male, 5-foot-8, 140 pounds. He wore white-and-red checkered pants and a black T-shirt, Babkiewicz said.

Bluffton police tried to run after the man, and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office canine unit was called in, but the suspect escaped. The car was towed. It was not clear Tuesday who owns the vehicle.

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