A 38-mile chase by Walterboro police nabbed a suspect wanted by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office for attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
A WPD officer spotted Tyronjay Gregory Smith, 20, on July 25 at a convenience store on Hampton Street. The officer followed him to Hampton and Robertson Boulevard before trying to stop him, considering him a threat to the public due to the serious nature of his charges.
However, Smith didn’t stop, heading out Charleston Highway at speeds of 120 mph, the report said. He turned onto Brittlebank Road, disregarded several stop signs and traveling in the opposite lane of travel several times.
Once on Hendersonville Highway, police put out stop sticks near Dogwood Country Club. Smith lost both front tires and lost control near Beachwood Road, hitting a stop sign and Stokes Lock and Key’s building.
Smith then fled from the passenger side door, climbing over his girlfriend, and headed for the woods toward Green Pond Highway.
K-9 Officer Papi picked up his trail, tracking him to a trailer park. Officers spied Smith hiding behind the skirting of a home at 204 Beachwood Road, and he was arrested.
After being medically cleared at Colleton Medical Center, he was taken to jail, charged with failure to stop for blue lights by WPD, along with the felony warrants by CCSO.