SUMMERVILLE -- A man who fought a police officer and stole his cruiser Friday took that squad car for a wild ride, blowing red lights and careening through the streets as cars and trucks peeled away on either side, trying to get out of the way.
No one was injured seriously but the suspect, who wound up crashing into landscaping truck.
A dashboard camera video released today shows the initial traffic stop, the fight with the officer, and the view from the dash as the suspect drove away in the cruiser and the dramatic crash. Police said the speeds were at times well over 100 mph.
The suspect, Arthur Lee Thompson, 38, of Coaxum Road, Moncks Corner, is being held in the Dorchester County Detention Center on $600,000 bail set Saturday, Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers said.
Initial reports about the case had few details about the suspect's struggle with the officer, leading some to blame the officer for losing control of the squad car.
"The officer did everything he was supposed to do," Rogers said. The officer, who did not suffer serious injuries, put up a "fairly involved struggle," Rogers said.
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