Special operations unit nabs chase suspect in Florence County

Special operations unit nabs chase suspect in Florence County
Lavern Echols (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A driver was taken into custody after leading Florence County’s special operations unit on a chase, officials said.

Florence County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Glen Kirby said the special operations unit, which handles robbery and shooting cases, was out patrolling in what they now consider a “high crime time” in the county.

Kirby said they spotted a car with a traffic violation around 5 p.m. Tuesday and attempted to stop it but the driver drove off. The chase started on Irby Street and ended in a crash on East Pine Street.

The driver, identified as Lavern Echols, was taken into custody.

Online records from the Florence County Detention Center show Echols is charged with driving under suspension and failure to stop for blue lights. He was also served with three family court bench warrants.

Kirby added that the Florence County Sheriff’s Office has reorganized when its special operations unit is patrolling in response to the high amount of robberies and shooting that have taken place throughout the county. He said they have identified “high crime times” and are saturating certain areas of the county in order to combat the crimes.

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