Authorities have now identified a driver who died after her car was struck by a Charleston County deputy responding to a chase over the weekend.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office said 32-year-old Megan Eichman died several hours after Saturday night’s crash on James Island. A Charleston County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the deputy was responding to assist with a foot chase when he collided with Eichman’s vehicle after it turned in front of the patrol vehicle. The deputy and a state constable riding along were both taken to the hospital. The officer has since been released.
South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers are investigating the scene, since it involves a Charleston County vehicle. The deputy involved is on paid leave during the investigation, as is standard policy.
Sheriff’s deputies said the earlier incident involved a wanted suspect fleeing from a traffic stop along Folly Road around 9:43 pm Saturday. Another deputy reported James Garrett had run during the stop. Garrett was by Hanahan Police for failure to appear for a bench warrant and was driving with a suspended license.
The second deputy was responding to the chase when he collided with Eichman’s car. The first deputy later caught Garrett and arrested him.