Police: Car traveling 100 mph hits taxi van, 8 sent to hospital

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV) - Highway Patrol officials and Hanahan police say a car fleeing officers at speeds over{}100 mph Saturday night struck a taxi van, sending eight people to the hospital.

According to the Highway Patrol,{}the 2006 Nissan Altima was traveling westbound on the North Rhett Extension when the driver blew through the red{}light at Red Bank Road and T-boned a 2004 Honda van.

A police report states an officer checked the car's speed at 105 mph.

"The Nissan immediately caught fire and vaulted through the air before coming to rest at a tree in front of the Burger King at the intersection of Henry Brown Boulevard and Red Bank Road," the report states.

The driver of the Nissan, later identified as Dennis Lee Smalls, appeared "grossly intoxicated," police said, adding that he was vomiting on himself as he tried to climb out of his vehicle.

The van was a taxi service vehicle with six passengers onboard. One person was ejected from the rear of the van, according to Hanahan police.

All six passengers from the van and two from the Nissan Altima were taken to area hospitals. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Bridget Wyant with Highway Patrol expects Smalls{}to faces charges. Those charges are currently pending while the driver remains in the hospital.