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Mary Ann Chastain

A green Jeep Liberty hit several James Island commuters on their way to work Tuesday morning as it led a deputy on a high-speed chase.

The driver remains at large. The Jeep has right side damage, tinted windows and the tag GGR 199, Charleston County sheriff's Maj. John Clark said.

No one was seriously injured.

The tag was not registered to the car, according to an incident report. The Sheriff's Office is investigating whether it was stolen, Clark said.

One commuter, D'Antonio Brown, said his cup of water flew into his face when the unidentified driver struck him twice from behind on Folly Road near the James Island connector.

The impact knocked Brown's car into the back of another vehicle driven by Barbara Ellis, who said her Diet Coke flew everywhere in the car because of the impact.

She said the suspect went up onto a sidewalk on Folly Road, steered around a car and drove back onto the road.

The deputy reported that the Jeep reached 80 mph while speeding down Folly Road.

The chase started on North Shore Drive and moved to Dills Bluff Road and Secessionville Road, where the suspect sideswiped a black Toyota. The vehicle eventually made a right turn on Folly Road and traveled at 80 mph toward Camp Road. Because of heavy traffic, the pursuing deputy lost sight of the vehicle and the chase was terminated. However, the deputy was flagged down at Folly Road and the James Island connector for a three-car accident and learned that the vehicle being pursued caused the wrecks.

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