Police: Driver speeding from officer hits motorcyclist

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A driver who sped away from deputies after hitting one officer with his pickup truck also struck and killed a motorcyclist while driving the wrong way on a highway Thursday, Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis said.

The deputy who was hit suffered minor injuries, but should be back to work next week, Loftis said at a news conference.

After hitting the motorcycle, the driver got out of his pickup and tried to run away, but was taken into custody a few minutes later, Loftis said. He is also being treated in the hospital as authorities figure out what to charge him with, the sheriff said.

The incident began around 7 a.m. Thursday when a deputy following an OnStar report found a stolen truck in the parking lot of a convenience store on state Highway 253 with a second truck parked nearby, deputies said.

The man with the stolen truck surrendered, but the driver of the other truck drove off toward the deputy, Loftis said.

The deputy fired several shots at the truck before he was struck by the vehicle, the sheriff said. It didn’t appear anyone was hit by the bullets.

Deputies then began chasing the truck, but turned off their lights and sirens and called off the pursuit after about five minutes “because of his reckless driving and he apparently had no worry or concern for harming anybody else,” Loftis said.

The driver continued driving in the wrong lanes on U.S. Highway 25 and struck the motorcycle about three-quarters of a mile up the road, the sheriff said.

The State Law Enforcement Division will investigate the shots fired by the deputy, while the Highway Patrol will investigate the chase and the crash.

The names of the deputy, driver and motorcyclist haven’t been released.