Police: 3 officers, 1 passenger struck by unrelated vehicle after chase, crash in Liberty

LIBERTY, SC (FOX Carolina) –

Police said multiple officers were hurt in Liberty after a chase and subsequent crash Thursday night.

According to Easley Police Chief Tim Tollison, Easley police were involved in a short vehicle pursuit on Hwy 123 going towards Clemson when the suspect vehicle crossed the northbound lane of traffic and crashed on the other side of 123 into the woods.

Tollison said officers were trying to apprehend the driver and had gotten the passenger out of the suspect vehicle when a vehicle, unrelated to the chase and previous crash, struck three law enforcement officers and another woman.

Tollison said two Easley Police Department officers, one Pickens County deputy and the female passenger in the suspect vehicle were all struck by the vehicle. The Easley police officers sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The Pickens County sheriff’s office said their deputy was not involved in the pursuit but stopped to assist Easley police with the original crash.

The deputy suffered minor injuries and was released from the hospital Friday morning.

Tollison released a statement on Facebook early Friday morning, saying all three law enforcement officers involved were recovering well and in good spirits

“Thank you to everyone that has commented with concerns and prayers about the Officers that were struck tonight by a vehicle on US 123. Both Easley officers are doing well and are in good spirits. Injuries are minor and they are probably going to be released shortly. I had the opportunity to speak to the assisting Pickens County Deputy as well. Again, all in good spirits and all appreciate the thoughts and prayers given by our community.”

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