Beaufort News

Hit-and-run driver runs out of breath during police chase

A 31-year-old man who drove off after rear-ending a car in Burton early Saturday didn't manage to get away during a foot chase a short time later, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to a crash on Parker Drive and Island Tank Road just before 4 a.m., and information from the victim led them to a home on Wearian Lane in Burton, according to an incident report.

A woman at the Wearian Lane residence said her son, the car's driver, did not live there. A deputy walked around the home and he spotted a man, who ran off toward a wooded area, the report said.

The deputy chased him on foot until he arrived at a ditch and saw the man attempting to climb out of the other side. The deputy fired a stun gun but the probes missed, the report said.

The man was soon apprehended anyway: after climbing out of the ditch, the deputy saw him "lying on his back gasping for air" and handcuffed him.

As two deputies led the man back through the ditch to a patrol car, he again fell to the ground and refused to help them get him out of the ditch, the report said. After the deputies dragged him out, he was taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center "without further incident."

The man was charged with driving under the influence, hit and run with injuries and fleeing to evade. He has posted $3,597 bond, according to the jail log.