Sunday chase leads to arrests | Crime | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | July 6, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 6, 2016 at 10:36 am
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
July 3 was anything but a quiet Sunday for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office as fleeing suspects led officers on a race through the county.
The quiet disappeared Sunday at 9:11 a.m. when a deputy on patrol spotted a vehicle headed into Walterboro which matched the description of a vehicle involved in an earlier assault on Sniders Highway. The female occupant of the vehicle was being sought in connection with that assault, reportedly over money, of another woman on July 3 at 7:47 a.m. on Rivers Street.
When the deputy ran the license plate, he learned the 2013 Hyundai Elantra had been reported stolen the day before. A Round O Road woman returned home July 2 at 6:34 p.m. from a day on the Edisto River and found that her car had been taken and a Ford F150 truck had been left in its place. A deputy responding to the theft call ran the truck’s license plate and learned that it had been also been reported stolen.
When the deputy turned on his lights and siren to pull the apparently stolen Hyundai over, the driver took off, taking a circular route that put him back on Sniders Highway headed west.
The fleeing driver entered the northbound lanes of I-95 and at a high rate of speed and made his way to the McLeod Road exit.
With officers in pursuit, the driver continued onto Pleasant Grove Lane in a chase reached 100 miles per hour.
As the chase continued through the county, the occupants of the motor vehicle allegedly tossed items out of the car as they sought to escape.
Eventually the chase headed toward the Edisto River in the area of Cannon Road and Blackwater Trail, where deputies had deployed stop sticks.
The driver turned off the roadway into a wooded area, coming to a stop just shy of driving into the Edisto River.
The occupants of the Hyundai got out and started running: the male driver in one direction, the female occupant in the other.
The female was quickly taken into custody. The driver was caught trying to hide behind a shed.
After being apprehended, both suspects were transported to the Emergency Department of Colleton Medical Center and treated for injuries sustained in the pursuit before being taken to the Colleton County Detention Center.
The incidents resulted in the arrest of the driver, Eric Sharmel Scriven, 42, of 3304 Robertson Blvd., Walterboro, on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and failure to stop for a blue light.
The passenger, Yolanda Joan Lisbon, 47, of 180 Mable T. Willis Blvd., was arrested on the assault charge.