Highway Patrol says Charleston County Deputy at fault in James Island crash


Highway Patrol is investigating a crash Wednesday involving a Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputy, in which SCHP officals say the deputy was at fault.

Officials say the wreck happened at the intersection of Camp Road at Folly Road on James Island around 12:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Lance Cpl. Matt Southern with Highway Patrol said Wednesday the deputy failed to yield to a truck traveling through the intersection, and was T-boned.

According to Charleston County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Eric Watson, a CCSO Deputy James Wasson sustained minor injuries to his face in the wreck, and was taken to MUSC for treatment. He has since been released from the hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle complained of neck pain following the wreck, but was treated at the scene and released, Watson says.

According to the sheriff's office, Deputy Wasson when the wreck happened was attempting to make a traffic stop on another car for running the red light at the intersection of Folly Road and Camp Road.

Watson says the deputy's blue lights were on as he went through the intersection.

Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash. Southern said as of Wednesday afternoon there no charges had been filed against Wasson.

Per CCSO policy, an internal investigation is being conducted to ensure Deputy Wasson's actions were in accordance with CCSO policies, Watson says.

Deputy Wasson has been employed with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office since March 2016, Watson says.

** ABC News 4's Alex Caban contributed to this story.

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