Chase ends in Forest Hills | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | March 23, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: March 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm
A Walterboro man is in custody after he unsuccessfully attempted to elude law enforcement officers the afternoon of March 21.
At about 4:30 p.m., a member of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office on Dowling Avenue reportedly saw the man fail to stop for a stop sign.
A computer check on the car reportedly determined it had been reported stolen.
When the deputy activated his vehicle’s blue lights and siren, the driver reportedly took off, leading the deputy on a short chase that ended in the Forest Hills area.
The fleeing suspect was in the area of Chandler and Churchill streets when he pulled into a driveway to try and elude the officer.
Once in the driveway, the fleeing motorist reportedly lost control of his vehicle and wrecked.
He then jumped out of his vehicle and fled into the woods, disappearing from view.
Other members of the sheriff’s office and Walterboro Police Department quickly set up a perimeter to encircle the area where the man was last seen.
About 40 minutes after the chase began, the man was in custody.
As officers were searching the area, they heard a homeowner yelling. He arrived at his Churchill Street home to find a man crawling out from underneath his home and sounded the alarm.
Officers searching the area swarmed to the residence, chased the suspect and took him into custody.
Christopher Chapman, 24, of Walterboro, was arrested on a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle and taken to the Colleton County Detention Center.
Additional charges may be filed against Chapman in connection with the bid to elude officers.