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Big-Rig Driver Takes Police, Cows on Wild Ride

web posted December 12, 2013

JOHNSTON Johnston Police and Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were alerted Tuesday night around 7 pm that a State Trooper was trying to stop an 18-wheeler after a hit and run incident in Saluda County. One source stated there were injuries involved in the collision. The Trooper advised the truck was on Highway 121 heading towards Johnston at a high rate of speed and was in the wrong lane. Two deputies spotted the truck going 82 mph in a 35 mph zone near Ridge Road driving in the middle of the road, forcing the deputies off the road, sending one into a guardrail.

They were able to turn around and join the pursuit in trying to stop the 2000 Peterbuilt hauling a trailer full of cows.

As the chase continued, Johnston Police shut down the intersection of Highway 121 and Calhoun Street to prevent a collision with the 18-wheeler. The truck blew through the red-light, went over the raised railroad crossing and continued southbound on 121 towards Trenton.

The truck driver was running drivers off both sides of the road with police right behind. As the truck neared Trenton it struck another 18-wheeler before police were able to get the driver to stop. The driver, 24-year-old Bradley Andrew Damron, of Coeburn, Va, was taken into custody without incident.

The other 18-wheeler was able to come to a stop a short distance after contact and the driver was not injured.

Though the list of charges against Damron is still growing, in Edgefield County he is charged with failure to stop for blue lights and siren, hit and run, possession of narcotics, and speeding 82 in a 35 mph zone. Highway Patrol has filed a charge of DUI. He is currently being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center on a total of $41,397 in cash bonds.

Damron is also facing felony charges in Saluda County and possible pending charges by the South Carolina Transportation Police.

It is unknown if any of the livestock in the cattle trailer were injured during the chase.


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