State investigators say the town of York’s police chief broke protocol, but not state law, during a police chase in April.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and 10th Circuit Solicitors Office had investigated Chief Andy Robinson after a town review found the chief and other officers chased a suspected car thief at speeds over 130 miles per hour.
10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams normally handles investigations in northwestern South Carolina, but local prosecutors had asked her to take up the state investigation to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
In a brief report Wednesday, Adams said it did not appear Robinson had violated any laws.
“While (Robinson’s) actions may be deemed inappropriate, his conduct does not arise to the level of criminal culpability,” Adams said in the report. “Therefore I am asking that no criminal charges be filed and that this case be closed.”
Mayor Eddie Lee had asked for Robinson to be put on administrative leave after the town manager’s review found Robinson failed to take command and should have ended the pursuit when officers reached dangerous speeds and put other drivers at risk. The review noted the car could have been tracked by its OnStar security system and criticized Robinson for not having a dashboard camera in his car.
The review also claimed Robinson purposely stepped on the handcuffed suspect after the chase.