ANDERSON, S.C. — A sheriff’s deputy has been charged in a crash during a chase in South Carolina that killed a college student.
Local media report that 26-year-old Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Ryan Chapman of Williamston has been charged with reckless homicide.
Twenty-two-year-old Joshua Martin died in the July 23 crash when his car was struck by Chapman’s cruiser, as he chased a stolen vehicle suspect. Martin was a Greenville Technical College student and was not the person being chased.
Two men were later arrested in the theft.
Sheriff’s department policy states a chase is justified only when an officer has thinks a person has committed a serious crime and the need for an arrest outweighs the risk of the pursuit.
It was not known if Chapman has an attorney yet.