SLED investigating after trooper fires shots at fleeing car

North Myrtle Beach, SC - NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating after a state trooper fired shots at a car after it drove away from a traffic stop.

According to officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the incident occurred around 11 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of 46th Avenue South and US-17 in North Myrtle Beach.

A trooper was helping with traffic flow and noticed that an SUV was not cooperating. When the trooper asked the driver to roll down his window, he noticed the smell of an illegal substance, authorities say.

The driver sped off and the trooper fired three times at the car as the driver was pulling away with two other people inside. The car was later found abandoned in the Barefoot Landing parking lot.

The trooper has been placed on administrative duties until SLED has completed their investigation.

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