“Police Release Details on I-20 Chase Involving Deceased Beech Island Man”

By | August 1, 2023

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Police have released more details about a chase on Interstate 20 that occurred last week. The incident involved a man named Robert Johnson, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The chase began when a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, but Johnson refused to pull over. Spike strips were deployed to stop Johnson’s vehicle, but he continued to drive at high speeds. Eventually, police used a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle, and it was discovered that Johnson had thrown illegal narcotics out of the window. No deputies were injured during the incident. Post and Courier reported

Police Release Details of Interstate 20 Chase Ending in Fatality

Authorities have released additional information regarding a high-speed chase that took place last week on Interstate 20. The incident, which occurred on July 26, involved a 43-year-old Beech Island man named Robert Johnson. The chase resulted in the closure of the road for the remainder of the evening, and tragically, Johnson died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to an incident report from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began around 7:25 p.m. when a deputy on patrol noticed a white four-door Cadillac with dark tinted windows pass by. The deputy was unable to see the occupants of the vehicle or discern the license plate number. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop due to an obstructed traffic sticker on the Cadillac, but Johnson refused to pull over.

A pursuit ensued, during which two additional deputies deployed spike strips near exit 22. Johnson, however, managed to evade the strips and continued to accelerate, reaching speeds of over 130 mph while passing cars in the median grass. Eventually, Johnson slowed down and pulled into the emergency lane near mile marker 12. At this point, the deputy instructed Johnson to remain in his vehicle.

Tragically, Johnson pointed a handgun at the deputy and fired a single shot before fleeing the scene. After reaching speeds of over 100 mph, Johnson’s vehicle was ultimately stopped by law enforcement using a PIT maneuver, causing it to come to a halt at a guardrail. Authorities ordered Johnson to exit the vehicle, but he did not respond.

Once a SWAT team arrived to approach Johnson’s vehicle, it was discovered that he had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police also determined that the items Johnson had thrown out of the window during the chase were illegal narcotics. Johnson’s vehicle has been taken to the sheriff’s office as evidence.

Fortunately, no law enforcement officers were injured during the incident, and none discharged their weapons. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the chase and Johnson’s actions is ongoing..