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Man drives SUV into Charleston creek to escape deputies, sheriff's office says

Man drives SUV into Charleston creek to escape deputies, sheriff's office says (Courtesy, Charleston County Sheriff's Office)

Charleston County Deputies say they're working to identify a man who they say deliberately crashed an SUV into a creek to escape arrest after an early morning chase.

The ordeal began at approximately 3 a.m. Monday, when the sheriff's office says a deputy attempted a traffic stop on an SUV driving erratically on Savannah Highway in Ravenel.

The driver didn't stop, leading to a chase that wound up at Bulow boat landing in Rantowles off County Line Road, the sheriff's office says.

Once at the landing, the man driving the SUV plowed directly into the water, and bailed out, leaving a woman trapped in the passenger seat as the SUV sank, according to deputies.

The sheriff's office says deputies dove into Rantowles Creek to save the woman, who struggled to free herself from the SUV. Meanwhile, the driver swam to the opposite bank and escaped into the marsh.

The sheriff's office launched a helicopter, marine patrol units and a dive team to search the water and marsh, but were unable to find the suspect.

Deputies recovered the vehicle from the water and located a firearm inside. The sheriff's office is working to identify the driver.

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