BEECH ISLAND, S.C. (WJBF) – The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene of a crash in Beech Island.
Aiken County dispatch tells NewsChannel 6 that the crash happened at 8:11 p.m. near 184 Lanier Rd.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies noticed the suspects’ vehicle failing to maintain lanes near the intersection of Beech Island Ave. and Lamar Dr. Deputies say they initiated a traffic stop and, while getting out of the patrol vehicle, they noticed that the driver hadn’t put their car into park. That’s when deputies say the driver sped away from the stop.
The deputy’s report says they lost control of their patrol car during the pursuit and crashed into a ditch. They were able to get back onto the road but decided to terminate the pursuit because they’d lost sight of the vehicle.
Shortly after, the responding deputy was notified by dispatch about a reported crash on Lanier Rd. that they believed was the suspects’ vehicle. When they arrived, deputies discovered that the vehicle they had been pursuing had crashed into two other vehicles.
Deputies found one of the suspects, Daniel Rich of Storm Branch Rd. in Beech Island, lying next to the crashed vehicle. They heard cries for help from a nearby woodline. That’s where they found the other suspect, Anthony Robinson of Lily Ave. in North Augusta complaining of an injury. Deputies weren’t able to determine which of the suspects was driving.
While searching the area around the vehicle, deputies found a firearm and a pill bottle containing a “green leafy substance.”
Both men were taken to a local hospital for treatment.