Gaffney man sentenced in felony DUI that seriously hurt passenger

Tyson Brave (Cherokee County Detention Center)

CHEROKEE Co., SC (WSPA) — A Gaffney man was sentenced Monday after he admitted to driving drunk while trying to flee police. Prosecutors say a passenger was seriously hurt in the failed getaway.

Tyson O. Brave, 41, pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence with great bodily injury, failure to stop for a blue light and siren with great bodily injury and habitual traffic offender with great bodily injury. Brave received a 12-year prison sentence.

Along with prison, Circuit Judge Keith Kelly ordered Brave to pay $10,000 in restitution.

A 39-year-old Gaffney man almost lost his left foot in the wreck on Aug. 3, 2014.

Gaffney police tried to stop Brave’s vehicle when he rolled through a traffic check point at the corner of Hetty Hill and East Frederick streets, according to a statement from the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

While fleeing from police, Brave lost control on East Junior High Road and ran off the road, hit a tree and slammed into two units of Connecticut Village Apartments. Brave and Linder were rushed to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Brave’s criminal record dates back to 1992 with convictions for armed robbery, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, habitual traffic offender and multiple driving under suspension charges, according to prosecutors.

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