A South Carolina officer’s dash cam reportedly caught him using his SUV to ram into a motorcycle during a deadly Wednesday night chase.
The video, which the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office posted to YouTube on Thursday, showed Deputy James Vansant striking the motorcycle twice.
After Deputy Vansant collided a second time, the video captures the motorcycle hitting a Dodge Neon. The motorcyclist, identified as Robert Lee Clark, Jr., 30, died at the scene. He wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time, according to The Post and Courier.
A report penned by the Dorchester County coroner located 55 grams of marijuana on him and his bike, according to The Summerville Journal Scene.
Authorities claimed that Deputy Vansant crashed into Clark because of the cyclist’s sharp breaking. The New York Daily News pointed out that the police department didn’t explain why the officers didn’t make moves to avoid Clark.
Authorities also said that Clark was wanted for traveling approximately 66 mph in a 45 mph zone, WCSC reported. A speed reading estimated the cruiser was going 90 mph just before the crash and 64 mph seconds after the collision.
“Deliberate contact between vehicles or…ramming …will be prohibited unless such actions are specifically authorized by a supervisor,” police policy states. “Such actions may be approved only when the use of deadly force would be authorized.”
Chief Deputy Mike Cochran said the chase, which spanned 7.75 miles and lasted more than five-and-a-half-minutes, reached up to 111 mph.
A statement obtained by The Courier announced that Deputy Vansant was placed on administrative leave as the department conducts an internal review of his conduct. South Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating the crash.
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