Deputies: Car Chase Suspect Crashes, Fights Officers

9:04 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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Clarendon County, SC (WLTX) - A Clarendon County man is in jail after deputies say he led them on a chase and fought with them when they tried to arrest him.

The entire event was recorded on dash cam video.

Sean Jarvis, 49, is charged with failure to stop, resisting arrest, and open container.

The situation began on January 22nd when Clarendon County's 911 dispatch received a call about a burgundy truck driving reckless on Interstate 95. When deputies spotted the truck at a gas station, they approached the driver.

The officer asked him to get out of the car, but deputies say dash cam video shows Jarvis take off.

An incident report says Deputy Tim Baxley's brakes locked up, slamming his car into the back of the truck he was chasing.

"The suspect had gone about a mile and the deputy slammed into him," said Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett. "The deputy slid sideways trying to avoid him and put the suspect in the ditch."

But that's not the end of the story.

"He [Jarvis] said he was trapped in the vehicle and the deputy called for the fire truck and the ambulance and went back to check on him and found out he wasn't trapped. "

That's when deputies say Jarvis began to fight.

"Two different officers used a taser and well as a whole can of pepper spray that didn't effect him," Garrett said.

However, Jarvis eventually relented. Sheriff Garrett said it's just another day in law enforcement

"Nothing is ever routine and who knows what the next day will bring."

The arresting deputy did receive a concussion in the crash, but was set to return to work Friday.

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