COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) -- Several people found near a truck engulfed in flames on Interstate 95 were taken into deputies' custody early Friday morning, but officials are not sure they will be charged.
According to the Colleton County Sheriff's Department, the incident started around 1:45 a.m. when a deputy spotted a large Ford pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer. The truck crossed over the center line, so the deputy tried to make a traffic stop.
When the deputy turned on his lights, the truck sped away from the deputy.
According to the sheriff's department, the truck stopped at the intersection of Maple Ridge and Pleasant Grove roads, put the truck in reverse and rammed the deputy's patrol car. The force of the hit pushed the patrol car back two car lengths, officials said.
Then the driver sped away again.
The deputy was unable to give chase because the force of the impact deployed the airbags and disabled the engine.
Other deputies began searching for the truck and eventually found a trailer that had been abandoned on a dirt road near Three Mile Road. Deputies said the gate leading into the dirt road had been damaged.
Shortly after finding the trailer, a truck was found on I-95 near mile marker 62 completely engulfed in flames.
When deputies began searching the area, they found several people and took them into custody until the investigation is concluded.
No charges have been filed and the identities of the people in custody have not been released. Officials do not know if the truck or trailer were stolen or involved in another crime.
The deputy was taken to Colleton Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.