Two Charleston County deputies wreck after Burger King robbery

A Charleston County sheriff's deputy was hospitalized Wednesday after wrecking his cruiser on S.C. Highway 165 near Ravenel. The deputy was released from Medical University Hospital Thursday.

Two Charleston County deputies wrecked their cars after a Johns Island Burger King was robbed Wednesday night.

One deputy was hospitalized but was released Thursday.

Deputy Patrick Ward was heading to the robbery scene at 3579 Savannah Highway when he lost control of his cruiser and crashed at 9:41 p.m., Maj. Eric Watson sad.

The vehicle flipped several times on S.C. Highway 165, trapping the deputy inside, Watson said. Rescue crews freed the deputy from the vehicle and transported him to Medical University Hospital for treatment. Patrick was released from the hospital Thursday and will continue his recovery at home with his family, Watson said.

A deputy supervisor who was headed to the wreck crashed into a utility pole near Savannah Highway and Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. That deputy was not injured, Watson said.

S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating both wrecks.

As for the robbery, witnesses told deputies a man walked into the restaurant with a black handgun in his right hand and a red bag in his left hand.

He shouted that nobody should move, jumped the counter, put a gun to an employee's head and told her to open the cash drawer.

He forced her to put money from the drawer and a safe into the bag and then ran from the store.

The robber was described as a black man, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, between 20 and 30, wearing a black mask, a black hoodie and green pants.

The man ran from the store with an unknown amount of money, Watson said.

Dogs searched for the robber but were unable to locate him, according to the incident report.