NINETY SIX – A suspect has been arrested in connection with Monday night’s pursuit that resulted in a police vehicle crashing near Greenwood Shores on Highway 702.
Michael Shane Gosling was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and charged with no S.C. driver’s license, no vehicle license, operating an uninsured vehicle, reckless driving and failure to stop for a blue light with great bodily injury. A bond hearing is expected to be held on Wednesday.
E-911 records indicate that Ninety Six police officer Jeremy McMahan initially attempted to stop a black Dodge Dakota on Highway 34 in Ninety Six around 8 p.m. The records show that McMahan notified dispatch that he was behind the subject on American Legion Road and then on Eddy Road. McMahan then notified dispatch that the suspect was turning on to Highway 702 and heading back toward Highway 34. At 8:04 p.m., McMahan notified dispatch that he had just passed the Lower Lake Fire Department. At 8:05 p.m., another officer notified dispatch that McMahan had crashed in front of Greenwood Shores, approximately one mile from the fire department.
E-911 call center recordings indicate that McMahan gained authorization for the pursuit from Chief Robert Shingler. Shingler attempted to contact McMahan between the time he passed the fire department and the time of the crash to have McMahan discontinue the pursuit. The radio calls went unanswered by McMahan, presumably because he had already crashed.
Shingler said on Tuesday that McMahan initiated the traffic stop due to an equipment malfunction and suspicion of driving under the influence. Shingler said that McMahan was stable and resting Tuesday afternoon.
Shingler called in the Highway Patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) to investigate the accident. That investigation is still ongoing.
The Ninety Six Police Department is investigating the pursuit and through that investigation developed Gosling as a suspect. That investigation is also ongoing.
Failure to stop for a blue light with great bodily injury is a felony according to South Carolina state law and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison upon conviction.