A Greenwood man was arrested after he evaded police through two counties and rammed at least two police vehicles.
Robert Fitzrell Wade, 37, of 616-B Trakas Ave., has been charged with failure to stop for blue light in connection with the incident. Authorities say more charges are expected to be filed.
According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, the pursuit began in the City of Abbeville on suspicion of DUI and was later picked up by Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office. At about 12:30 a.m. Monday morning, GCSO deputies picked up the pursuit at the Greenwood/Abbeville county line on S.C. 72. Speeds reached 40 mph with no traffic along S.C. 72 with Wade driving erratically and crossing the center line. A deputy pulled alongside Wade and Wade swerved over and struck the deputy’s vehicle causing damage to the passenger side of the patrol vehicle on the driver’s side.
According to the report, the pursuit continued down to the intersection of S.C. 72 Business and Calhoun Road where Wade again purposefully swerved and struck the same patrol vehicle. The vehicle then went off the road along S.C. 72 Business and slowed as it approached Mathis Road. The passenger jumped out of the vehicle and was immediately apprehended. The passenger was not charged in connection with the incident. The Greenwood Police Department then began assisting in the pursuit.
According to the report, Wade continued onto Mathis Road, striking a second GCSO vehicle and causing damage to the front of the patrol vehicle. South Carolina Highway Patrol took over the pursuit as Wade continued on S.C. 72 Business. Wade turned onto Montague Avenue, where the pursuit reached speeds of 65 mph with light traffic. Wade then turned onto Circular Drive where police used the Precision Immobilization Technique to stop Wade’s vehicle. A PIT maneuver is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop. Wade was immediately taken into custody by GCSO deputies. It was later determined that Wade’s driver’s license was suspended.