Trooper terminated after GCSO deputies say he led them on chase


GREENVILLE Co., SC (WSPA) – Highway Patrol tells 7News a trooper has been fired after a 16 page report describes him fleeing from deputies at more than 100 miles an hour before a DUI arrest.

The report states it was April 18th on Old Easley Highway when two GSCO deputies spotted a white car flying down the road hitting a median.

“They got in behind him and believed he might be impaired as he was switching lanes erratically,” said Lt. Ryan Flood with GSCO.
Deputies say he made a turn at the DMV on Saluda Dam and ultimately crashed intor their storage shed and the suspect took off running.
The report states that the driver jumped the chain link fence trapping himself. Then it continues on in part, “”I was advised by Deputy Bratcher that the suspect was a current SCHP Corporal.”
That suspect later identifed as Stephen McDowell and SCDPS released 7News the following statement.
“The South Carolina Department of Public Safety has terminated S. B. McDowell, who was a trooper in Troop 3, Post B. The termination, effective April 18, 2019, was for Improper Conduct/Conduct Unbecoming a State Employee and Arrest by Greenville County Sheriff’s Department for driving under the influence and failure to stop for law enforcement.”
Troopers said McDowell was off duty and driving his personal car during the incident and was with the department since 2007. They are conducting an internal investigation.

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