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08/17/04

Two Dead Following Police Chase

An attempted routine traffic stop in South Carolina took a peculiar turn before ending in tragedy. Colleton County sheriff's deputies tried to pull over a speeding car, but that car just went faster. The chase ended in Chatham County with two people dead.

It all started at about 10:30am this morning when a sheriff's deputy clocked a Nissan Pathfinder traveling at about 85 miles an hour on I-95. He tried to pull them over, but for whatever reason, the two people in that car refused to stop and lost their lives because of it.

"They got behind them because they were running 85 miles an hour," said Capt. JJ Durrence with the Georgia State Patrol. "The speed limit over there I think is like 60 or 65. That's what initiated the pursuit. They just never stopped."

The Colleton County deputies continued the chase for approximately 50 miles at speeds exceeding 100 miles an hour. After they crossed the Georgia state line, Georgia State Patrol got involved.

"Our troopers got involved in it probably about mile marker 100 or so," Capt. Durrence told us. "Took the lead position, found a safe place to perform the pit maneuver, the vehicles made contact with one another."

Just before reaching the Ogeechee River in Chatham County, the vehicle left the road. It crashed in the ditch, killing the female driver and the male passenger.

Authorities searched the area. The investigation continues into why the driver ran in the first place. The names of the victims are not yet being released.

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com

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