GRAY COURT, S.C. (WSPA) – Deputies said a person behind the wheel of a truck stolen from Laurens Commission of Public Works is in custody after leading officers on a chase.
Laurens County Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder said the sheriff’s office was notified by Laurens Police Department that a pickup truck — a 1994 GMC truck — was stolen from the utility company on Thursday morning.
The truck was later spotted and a police officer attempted to stop the vehicle. Reeder said the driver fled.
The sheriff’s office joined in the pursuit, which ended when the driver crashed into a field off Highway 221 and hit a tree and a fence near Ora Road about four miles northeast of Laurens.
Trooper Matt Souther said the driver — later identified as Ricky Summerall, Jr., 34 — was injured in the crash and taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital by helicopter.
The extent of his injuries and name was not immediately available.
Summerall was reportedly not wearing his seat belt.
The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.