Cottageville officer injured in chase | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 16, 2016 5:21 pm
Cottageville Police Department Corporal Jimmy Jacques was released from Colleton Medical Center Monday afternoon, a few hours after he miraculously escaped serious injury when he wrecked during a police chase.
The chase started in Walterboro Monday morning, shortly after law enforcement officials were informed that a car had just been stolen from a parking lot.
The high-speed chase wound its way from Walterboro to Dorchester County. The fleeing driver then turned back into Colleton County on U.S. 17-A.
As the chase neared Cottageville, several of the town’s police officers joined in the high-speed chase.
According to the initial accident report from the South Carolina State Patrol, Monday at approximately 10:40 a.m., Jacques was traveling south on U.S. 17-A when he lost control of his police vehicle near Sally Ackerman Drive and went left of the centerline.
Jacques’ cruiser struck a northbound car, a log truck and pickup truck. The impact caused the log truck to leave the roadway and hit a utility pole.
Both Jacques and the driver of the log truck were transported to the Emergency Department of the Colleton Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.
A Cottageville police department official, who was also involved in the chase, said the fact that Jacques was wearing his seat belt in all probability saved his life.
The chase continued, the fleeing motorist leading trailing law enforcement officials onto Parkers Ferry Road. On a dirt road near the Edisto River, the suspect drove the stolen vehicle into the river, swam across the river and escaped into Charleston County.
Colleton County and Charleston County Sheriff’s Office personnel set up a perimeter around the location, but were unable to apprehend the suspect.
The chase and wreck continues to be investigated by multiple police agencies.