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SCHP: Driver crashes into trooper after chase in Marion Co.

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MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A trooper is recovering after a crash involving a suspect in Marion County.

At about 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, a trooper saw a driver commit a traffic violation on SC-31, and when he tried to pull the car over it did not stop, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins.

A short chase began and ended on Highway 41 in Marion when the suspect came to a stop, then intentionally backed into the trooper, trying crash into him, Cpl. Collins said. The trooper avoided that collision, but the suspect then turned his vehicle around, and crashed into the trooper’s driver’s-side door and took off.

The suspect was caught a short time later by Marion County deputies.

The trooper was taken to an area hospital and was treated and released, Cpl. Collins said.

The suspect, later identified as Leo Boatwright, is charged with failure stop for blue lights, speeding and driving an uninsured vehicle.

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