High-speed chase on major highway ends in flames, deputies say (2024)

Zach Rainey

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High-speed chase on major highway ends in flames in Sumter County, deputies say

BREAKING NEWS. THIS IS WYFF NEWS FOUR AT SIX. OUR FIRST HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR TOMORROW NOON TO 8 P.M. THE HEAT INDEX, POSSIBLY IN THE LOW TO MID ONE HUNDREDS. WE’LL TALK ABOUT HOW LONG THE HEAT LASTS AND MORE ON THE FIRST HURRICANE OF THE YEAR. COMING UP NEXT. THEN ALSO TODAY WAS THE UPSTATE BLACK PRIDE. BUT THE EVENT TOOK A TURN. WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE FESTIVITIES. WELL, A LIVE SUPER DOPPLER FOUR IMPACT DAY. I’VE GOT METEOROLOGIST GRIFFIN HARDY HERE. YOU KNOW, GRIFFIN, THE RAIN WAS PLAYING HIDE AND GO SEEK, AND THEN IT KIND OF WAS A HEAT ADVISORY. WHAT’S ALL COOKING? YEAH, SO THERE’S A LOT TO UNPACK IN THE FORECAST, RIGHT? YEAH. WE HAVE SOME HIT AND MISS SHOWERS, ONE OF WHICH PASSED THROUGH GREENVILLE EARLIER TODAY. A LOT OF US HOPING FOR RAIN BECAUSE IT’S BEEN ABNORMALLY DRY THIS MONTH. WE’VE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF IT BUT NOT EVERYWHERE. IT’S VERY HIT OR MISS IN NATURE. AND STILL SOME RAIN COOLED AIR LINGERING IN GREENVILLE, 87 DEGREES. LOOK AT THE DEW POINT THOUGH. 74. THAT’S REALLY HIGH. IT MAKES IT FEEL MORE LIKE 95 DEGREES OUTSIDE HEAT INDEX AT 100 IN PICKENS, 98. IN CLEMSON IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE 97 IN HARTWELL, 100. THE HEAT INDEX IN ELBERTON. THE HEAT INDEX IS GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT NUMBER TOMORROW BECAUSE THIS REALLY HIGH HUMIDITY IS GOING TO BE HAPPENING AT THE SAME TIME THAT WE HAVE HIGHS IN THE MID 90S. SO HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FIRST ONE SO FAR THIS SUMMER. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER TOMORROW AND LIMIT YOUR TIME OUTSIDE IF YOU CAN. THAT IS BEFORE SCATTERED STORMS ARRIVE AT AROUND 3 TO 7 P.M. TOMORROW. HERE’S A LOOK AT THE SATELLITE AND RADAR PICTURE RIGHT NOW. PRETTY QUIET WEATHER WISE. WE HAD A FEW SHOWERS THAT ROLLED THROUGH GREENWOOD COUNTY, SPARTANBURG COUNTY, AND GREENVILLE COUNTIES EARLIER TODAY, BUT REALLY, MOST OF THE RAIN COVERAGE, AT LEAST FOR NOW, IS UP TOWARDS WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA. IT’S PRETTY SPARSE. ONE LITTLE DOWNPOUR THERE JUST TO THE NORTHWEST OF BURNSVILLE, BUT PRETTY QUIET ACROSS MOST OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY, WITH A LITTLE BIT OF SHOWERS WEST OF TOWN. BUT OTHER THAN THAT, THE CHANCE OF RAIN WILL BE THERE FOR THE REST OF THE NEXT 12 HOURS. AT LEAST THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT TONIGHT. STILL POSSIBLE WE GET SOME MORE RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT, BUT IT WILL BE AGAIN VERY HIT OR MISS. IT LOOKS LIKE IT WON’T BE UNTIL LATE TOMORROW AFTERNOON. THAT WE GET SCATTERED EVEN WIDESPREAD SHOWERS OR STORMS NEXT 12 HOURS IN THE MOUNTAINS LOOKING PRETTY SIMILAR AS WELL. WARM OVERNIGHT TONIGHT AS TEMPERATURES STAY IN THE 70S. AND YES, WE HAVE OUR FIRST HURRICANE OF THE SEASON IN LATE JUNE TO TALK ABOUT HURRICANE BERYL OF THE FORECAST TRACK FOR THIS IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. WELL, IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE, PRIDE MONTH CELEBRATIONS TOOK PLACE. BUT PROTESTERS OF OPPOSING VIEWS SHOWED UP TO THE EVENT. OUR JAMIE REED IS LIVE WITH MORE. REPORTER YEAH, YEAH. MYA THAT’S RIGHT. TODAY WAS A BLACK PRIDE MARCH AND FESTIVAL, BUT IT TOOK A TURN. THE FESTIVAL WAS MEANT TO BE A FUN OCCASION. THINGS TOOK A TURN BECAUSE IT WAS MET BY PROTESTERS, CAUSING SOME FIRED UP ALTERCATIONS. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AN EVENT FOR CELEBRATION AND FELLOWSHIP FOR THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. THERE WERE OVER 100 VENDORS ALL DAY PERFORMANCES, FOOD, DRINKS AND MERCHANDISE. BUT THE ATMOSPHERE DIDN’T SHOWCASE A PLACE OF CELEBRATION. WE’RE GOING TO OUTNUMBER YOU, AND IT’S REALLY HONESTLY MORE FUN FOR US TO COME AND MAKE FUN OF THEM. THEY MAY THINK THAT WE HATE THEM. WE ACTUALLY DON’T HATE THEM, BUT WE HATE THE SIN THAT IS DESTROYING THEIR LIVES. THE BLACK PRIDE MARCH HAPPENED EARLIER THIS MORNING AND THE FESTIVAL ENDED JUST MOMENTS AGO. AND LATER TONIGHT IS THE OFFICIAL UPSTATE BLACK PRIDE. AFTER PARTY AT THE JUSTIN MILL SOCIAL INNOVATION CENTER FROM 9 P.M. TO 2 A.M. LIVE IN GREENVILLE, JAMYA. JAMYA WYFF NEWS FOUR. THANKS, JAMYA. THE EASLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING THE PUBLIC FOR HELP TO FIND SUSPECTS INVOLVED WITH MAILBOX TAMPERING. POLICE SAY SEVERAL PASSENGERS IN THE NISSAN AWESOME ON YOUR SCREEN RIGHT NOW HAS BEEN TAMPERING WITH MAILBOXES IN THE CITY. MAILBOXES IN PATIO ROAD, PEARL DRIVE, AND OTHER STREETS HAVE ALL HAD MAILBOX TAMPERED WITH. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT EASLEY POLICE. WELL, PEOPLE TODAY WERE ABLE TO DO SWIM LESSONS FOR FREE IN MALDEN. AQUA ANGELS HOSTED A FREE WATER SAFETY CLINIC, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO BE A INTRODUCTORY SWIM LESSON FOR ALL AGES THAT ALSO INCLUDES LECTURES AND CPR TRAINING AS WELL. PEOPLE WERE ALSO GIVEN SWIM CAPS, GOGGLES AND MORE TO JUST TO SET THEM UP FOR SUCCESS. A MAJORITY OF OUR PARTICIPANTS ARE FROM HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES WHO WOULD NOT HAVE, OR MAY NOT EVER HAVE ACCESS TO THE RESOURCES THAT WE’RE PROVIDING. SO WE’RE JUST TRYING TO BE A LIGHT IN THE AREA THAT THAT PEOPLE KNOW WE’RE HERE TO, TO HELP THEM. AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET SOME SWIM LESSONS, THEY’RE OFFERING SESSIONS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. JUST GO TO THEIR WEBSITE, AQUA. ANGELS.COM. YESTERDAY KICKED OFF THE SOUL SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL IN ANDERSON AND YOU CAN GO AND TAKE HOME SOME FRESH SUNFLOWERS AND SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITIES ALL AT THE SAME TIME. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS FROM SUNFLOWER SALES GO TO FOOTHILLS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, WHICH SERVES PEOPLE IN ANDERSON, OCONEE AND PICKENS COUNTIES. WITH OUR SUNFLOWERS PRECUT AND PRE-BUNDLED READY FOR YOU TO TAKE HOME. WE’VE GOT LOTS OF BEAUTIFUL SUNFLOWERS FOR YOU TO SEE AND TAKE PICTURES OF, AND LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING EVERYBODY COME OUT AND JOIN US. HAVE SOME FUN IN THE COUNTRY AND TAKE SOME SUNFLOWERS HOME. IF YOU CAN MAKE IT TODAY, IT WILL ALS

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High-speed chase on major highway ends in flames in Sumter County, deputies say

Zach Rainey

Digital Content Producer

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office made an arrest following a high-speed chase on a major highway that ended in flames.(Video above: WYFF News 4 Evening Headlines)During a patrol on Interstate 95 on the morning of June 25, a SCSO deputy noticed a pickup truck going well above the speed limit at 94 miles per hour northbound on the highway.The deputy engaged the suspect in a high-speed pursuit as the suspect began passing vehicles on the shoulder of the road, and there was no sign of slowing down. Around two and a half miles into the chase, the truck's engine burst into flames while spraying fuel onto the deputy's car, officials said.According to deputies, the suspect's truck left the roadway near the 140-mile marker and crashed into a fence line next to the interstate. The deputy then ran over to the vehicle to attempt to rescue and arrest the suspect. Another Sumter County deputy spotted the suspect running along the fence line after they arrived. The suspect ran across the interstate and into the wooded area southbound of the interstate to avoid police.A search began after additional deputies and K9 units arrived at the scene. K-9 Tara found 33-year-old Donald Edward Reed Jr. hiding in a ditch, where he was arrested.After further investigation, deputies discovered the truck was stolen from a Colleton County, South Carolina home. Additionally, it was revealed Reed is a violent offender from Grand Prairie, Texas and is considered a threat to authorities.Deputies said Reed refused medical attention from EMS but was taken to Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital to be examined. Afterward, he was taken to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center and is being held for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.According to the sheriff's office, Reed was charged with failure to stop for a blue light, speeding over 30 mph over the speed limit, and striking fixtures on or adjacent to the highway.

SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. —

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office made an arrest following a high-speed chase on a major highway that ended in flames.

(Video above: WYFF News 4 Evening Headlines)

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During a patrol on Interstate 95 on the morning of June 25, a SCSO deputy noticed a pickup truck going well above the speed limit at 94 miles per hour northbound on the highway.

The deputy engaged the suspect in a high-speed pursuit as the suspect began passing vehicles on the shoulder of the road, and there was no sign of slowing down. Around two and a half miles into the chase, the truck's engine burst into flames while spraying fuel onto the deputy's car, officials said.

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Sumter County Sheriff's Office

According to deputies, the suspect's truck left the roadway near the 140-mile marker and crashed into a fence line next to the interstate. The deputy then ran over to the vehicle to attempt to rescue and arrest the suspect.

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Sumter County Sheriff's Office

Another Sumter County deputy spotted the suspect running along the fence line after they arrived. The suspect ran across the interstate and into the wooded area southbound of the interstate to avoid police.

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Sumter County Sheriff's Office

A search began after additional deputies and K9 units arrived at the scene. K-9 Tara found 33-year-old Donald Edward Reed Jr. hiding in a ditch, where he was arrested.

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Sumter County Sheriff's Office

After further investigation, deputies discovered the truck was stolen from a Colleton County, South Carolina home. Additionally, it was revealed Reed is a violent offender from Grand Prairie, Texas and is considered a threat to authorities.

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Sumter County Sheriff's Office

Deputies said Reed refused medical attention from EMS but was taken to Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital to be examined. Afterward, he was taken to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center and is being held for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.

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Sumter County Sheriff's Office

According to the sheriff's office, Reed was charged with failure to stop for a blue light, speeding over 30 mph over the speed limit, and striking fixtures on or adjacent to the highway.

High-speed chase on major highway ends in flames, deputies say (2024)
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