Man Jumps off Bridge After Cops Crash His Car

A car chase Wednesday night ended after a suspect fled his wrecked car and jumped off a bridge into Lake Greenwood. We reported this morning that 31-year-old Jerry James Brown of 491 South Lake Forest Drive, Cross Hill was charged with Failing to Stop for a Blue Light, Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol, Receiving Stolen Goods and Driving under Suspension.

Later today the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office released more background information on this case. That report states that the Sheriff’s Office received a report from Mansfield Campground near Lake Greenwood Wednesday regarding subjects who didn’t belong in the campground using shower facilities without permission. That call noted a tag number on a vehicle, which had been stolen out of Greenwood.

Deputies later located the vehicle on Hwy 39 and a police chase ensured.

A dash cam video released by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was from a 2nd deputy’s car following the fleeing car with blue lights Wednesday night. It showed the car slowing as it drove onto the Todd Quarter Road bridge over the Reedy River portion of Lake Greenwood. When struck by the leading Deputy’s car, the car backed into the side of the bridge, then rolled forward. The driver is observed getting out of the car then jumping off the bridge into the lake.

Deputies were able to keep Mr. Brown in sight and surrounded him along the bank, but he refused to come out of the water. DNR was called and responded to the scene, however a citizen allowed Deputies to use their boat to apprehend the subject before DNR arrived. Jerry James Brown was reportedly taken into custody without further incident. Because of being in cold water for an extended time, he was checked by EMS before taken to the Johnson Detention Center, arriving about 5:00 Thursday morning.

Sheriff Don Reynolds said, “Several citizens in the area came out to make sure our guys were ok.” He added, “The citizens of Laurens County will continue working alongside the Sheriff’s Office to make our County a safe place to work and raise a family.”