Post and Courier
August 23, 2014

Video shows crash that injured North Charleston police officer, chaplain

Posted: 03/13/2014 07:43 a.m.
Updated: 03/13/2014 10:41 p.m.


By Andrew Knapp By Christina Elmore

North Charleston Police Officer Victor Hendrix and Chaplain Bill Youngblood suffered minor injuries when their cruiser flipped at 90 mph as they responded to a call Wednesday night.

The North Charleston Police Department released their names and video footage from their car Thursday afternoon.

Deputy Chief Scott Deckard said the department was conducting an internal review of what happened, while the S.C. Highway Patrol was tasked with investigating the wreck.

Hendrix has been with the agency for more than three years, Deckard said.

Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly of the Highway Patrol said the car was eastbound on Palmetto Commerce Parkway around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when its driver, later identified as Hendrix, lost control on a curve. It hit the median and rolled over, Wimberly said, but the men were not seriously hurt.

Deckard added that they had been heading to the scene of a reported incident involving weapons in the Wescott subdivision.

The men were treated at Medical University Hospital and later released.

Video from the cruiser's dashboard camera indicates that Hendrix started responding on Ladson Road near College Park Road.

At one point during the next two minutes before it crashed, the car hit 78 mph on Ladson Road. Its lights and siren were on.

After it turned left onto Palmetto Commerce Parkway, the car reached 107 mph in the 45-mph zone.

Traffic was light, but when the car entered the curve in front of Dougherty Equipment Co. at 9040 Palmetto Commerce Parkway and approached a vehicle ahead, its tires started to squeal. It was going about 90 mph.

The cruiser turned sideways near the entrance of the business, then rolled several times.

Andrew Knapp and Christina Elmore