GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Greenville County Sheriff’s Office officials said a man charged following a crash Sunday on Highway 253 now faces additional charges.
We reported earlier that a family of four was on their way to church when a suspected drunk driver crashed into their car.
South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash happened at the intersection of Highway 253 and Cedar Lane Road.
According to SCHP, Devonte Williams, 23, was driving a 2014 Honda Accord when he sped through the intersection to avoid deputies and crashed into the left side of the family’s 2007 Lexus.
One person was ejected from the Lexus and all four of car’s passengers were injured and transported to an area hospital, troopers said. Williams was also injured and taken to the hospital.
According to a sheriff’s office new release, deputies were called to Spinx gas station, located on Rutherford Street, around 10 a.m. in regards to a person passed out at the wheel.
As deputies were responding, they learned that the driver, believed to be impaired, had driven off and was being followed by a concerned citizen.
A deputy then spotted Williams’ vehicle at the intersection of Buncombe and Shaw streets, and noticed that Williams was driving erratically and appeared to be impaired.
When the deputy tried to stop Williams’ vehicle, he refused to stop. During a brief chase, Williams crashed his vehicle into another vehicle.
According to the sheriff’s office release, the family was treated for non life-threatening injuries,were reported to be in stable condition and are expected to recover.
Highway Patrol charged Williams with four counts of felony DUI and four counts of failure to stop with great bodily injury.
The sheriff’s office has additionally charged Williams with trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing/distributing heroin, possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
He was also charged with breach of trust, stemming from an unrelated incident, according to the release.
Williams was taken to the Greenville County Detention Center, where he is awaiting bond.