Two juveniles will be charged with failure to stop for a blue light and siren during a joy ride that ended in a crash, critically injuring one of the suspects, Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers said Friday.
The two suspects, ages 12 and 15, allegedly stole a school bus from Orangeburg Preparatory Schools and led law enforcement officials in a chase across Calhoun and Orangeburg counties.
Summers reported the juveniles said they decided to switch who was driving the bus. One of them obviously thought he was a better driver than the other, the sheriff said.
The chase began at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on U.S. 21 in Calhoun County and ended when the bus crashed into the wall at a Zeus Industrial Products building on Mill Street in Orangeburg.
The suspects are not in custody but will be taken before family court, Summers said.
He said the identity of the juveniles is protected by law, but he said both reside in Orangeburg County. Neither suspect is a student at Orangeburg Preparatory Schools, he said.
The 15-year-old was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland. He had to have a foot amputated but is recovering.
The 12-year-old fled the scene, and deputies were unable to catch him.
Summers said Calhoun County probably will not file further charges against the suspects.
However, the crash is still under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol, and the theft of the bus continues to be under investigation by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.
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