Chase encircles Colleton County | Crime | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | August 24, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 24, 2016 at 1:01 pm
The Yemassee Police Department continues to search for two men who led them on a chase through Colleton County Monday evening.
Yemassee police suspected the two men in a strong-armed robbery, and when they attempted to stop the suspects’ vehicle, the suspects took off.
The fleeing suspects came into Colleton County on Lowcountry Highway Monday night and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was alerted.
The chase then left Lowcountry Highway and began heading north on I-95. A Colleton County deputy on the freeway pulled over and waited for the suspects’ car to appear.
When the vehicles passed, the deputy joined the chase.
The suspects and trailing officers left I-95 and turned onto Bells Highway heading toward downtown Walterboro. The Colleton County deputy replaced the Yemassee officer as the lead car in the chase.
The suspects turned off Bells Highway onto Eddie Chasteen Drive and then turned onto Jefferies Boulevard.
After racing through town, the suspects turned onto Hendersonville Highway as a second Colleton County cruiser joined the chase.
The suspects’ vehicle went off the roadway on Hendersonville Highway near Icey Lane, but the driver was able to regain control of his vehicle and get back on the pavement to continue his high-speed bid to elude the officers.
The driver and the trailing officers re-entered Yemassee. The chase ended when the suspects pulled into a driveway on Rotunda Drive and jumped out of the vehicle.
As the suspects ran for the woods, their vehicle — still in gear — continued on, striking a tree.
Yemassee officers, assisted by deputies from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, attempted without success to find the suspects in the wooded area.
The suspects, identified as Thomas C. Hagan Jr., 21, of Yemassee and his brother, Ryan O’Neal Hagan, 18, of Yemassee were still at large Tuesday morning.
Yemassee police are asking anyone with information on the suspects’ whereabouts to contact the police department, the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office or the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
Yemassee officials reported that the suspects were wanted on multiple felony charges.