Anderson Co. deputy charged in chase, fatal crash

Timothy Chapman
Timothy Chapman

ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) – An Anderson County sheriff’s deputy has been charged in a chase and crash that killed a man.

Joshua Caleb Marti
Joshua Caleb Martin

On July 23, deputies got a call about a stolen vehicle around 7:45 p.m. at the 7-Eleven on Highway 8 and 81.

The vehicle didn’t pull over when deputies tried to stop it and a chase began.

That chase ended with a fatal crash at Moore Road with a car not involved in the chase.

Coroner Greg Shore identified the victim as 22-year-old Joshua Caleb Martin.

Troopers say Martin was driving north on Highway 81 when a deputy hit him in the passenger side.

Deputy Timothy Ryan Chapman, 26, has been charged with reckless homicide.

The charge was filed following an investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol and review of the findings by the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Troopers say Chapman turned himself in at the Anderson County Detention Center on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

He was released later that morning on a personal recognizance bond.

Steven Combs, a spokesman with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, says Chapman was assigned to the detention center after the crash and is now on personal leave.

Combs says an administrative hearing process will take place and that will determine a leave status and future employment.

Martin’s family says he was leaving a small group meeting at Mosaic Church in Easley before the crash. The coroner said Martin was pinned inside the car and died at the scene.

Martin was a student in the mechatronics program at Greenville Technical College.

Martin’s family released the following statement about the charges against Chapman:

We are grateful to Solicitor Wilkins’ office for objectively reviewing the facts in this case. We appreciate the work done by the highway patrol and M.A.I.T. team and everyone involved in this process. We have no further comment at this time

Deputies were unable to catch the fleeing suspect in the stolen car.