BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - Beaufort police were looking for a car at about 11 p.m. Wednesday that had just been involved in a chase with Port Royal police.
Police said that woman driving a gray 2012 Chevrolet Malibu and a male passenger had evaded police in the area of Battery Creek Road.
The owner of the car had reported to police that her daughter Courtney Lynn Green, 35, had taken her vehicle and her debit card on June 10 without her knowledge or consent, according to Beaufort police.
A Beaufort officer spotted the car in the driveway of a house on Acres Drive. The car's headlights weren't on and it appeared to be unoccupied.
When the officer turned his spotlight on the car, Green, who had been ducking down, drove the car across the yard, hit a ditch and headed toward Riverside Drive, according to police.
A section of the car's front bumper came off when it struck the ditch. As the car went down Riverside Drive, it almost struck an oncoming Port Royal patrol car.
The car then turned onto Riverfront Place and officers lost sight of it. The first officer to drive down Riverfront Place discovered that the car had gone through a wooden fence and struck a large oak tree, according to police.
EMS responded and Green was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead a short time later. An autopsy will be conducted.
The male passenger had run from the car most likely during the time between when it evaded officers and when it was spotted again, according to police.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol's Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team responded and is investigating the wreck.
Drug paraphernalia, suspected illegal narcotics, and an open container of alcoholic beverage were found in the car, according to police.