Update: Chase ends in fatality
by The Press and Standard | August 9, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: August 8, 2018 at 10:30 am
A police chase in the early morning hours of Aug. 6 ended tragically when the fleeing motorist crashed, resulting in the death of his twin brother.
Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey reports that Lemetri Stephens, 26, of Walterboro, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident in the 1000 block of Hiers Corner Road.
Harvey listed the cause of death as multiple trauma.
The incident that led to the fatal crash began on Eddie Chasteen Blvd. at 1:18 a.m., according to a press release issued by the Walterboro Police Department.
A member of the city police department reportedly observed a vehicle disregard a stop sign on Eddie Chasteen Blvd. When the officer pulled in behind the vehicle, the driver reportedly began driving erratically.
As he continued to follow the driver, the officer ran the license plate number of the vehicle and reportedly determined that the license plate on the Buick belonged on a Honda.
The officer then activated his blue lights in an attempt to pull the driver over. The driver reportedly attempted to flee, resulting in a police chase that wound its way onto Hiers Corner Road.
The chase ended when the westbound fleeing motorist went off the roadway and struck a tree.
Colleton County Fire Rescue responded to the scene, determined the passenger had no signs of life and began treating the driver of the heavily damaged vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle, Demetri Stephens, 26, of Walterboro, was transported to the landing zone at the Colleton Medical Center, transferred to the C.A.R.E. Flight medical helicopter and flown to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston for treatment.
When Demetri Stephens was released from the medical center, he was transported to the Colleton County Detention Center, where he faces multiple charges.
City police have charged him with being a habitual traffic offender, driving under suspension and a minor traffic violation.
The S.C. Highway Patrol responded to the scene and worked the accident, which is standard protocol. The Patrol’s Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is still investigating the crash.
The state patrol is expected to charge him with felony DUI and failure to stop for blue lights.