A 23-year-old Orangeburg man has admitted to striking a state trooper with his vehicle and speeding away from the scene.

Marion Lee Turner III of 420 Eastwood Circle pleaded guilty last month to hit-and-run involving great bodily injury, failure to stop for blue lights and reckless driving.

Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed six years.

He gave Turner credit for having already served 122 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office charged him with two counts of attempted murder in the incident. Those charges have been dismissed.

The incident occurred on June 10 as state troopers were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on the 300 block of Till Road, in a remote area east of Orangeburg.

Turner’s Honda approached the troopers around 11 p.m. He then put the Honda in reverse gear and backed up.

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Trooper Michael Ryan Burgess activated his blue lights and siren in an attempt to stop Turner.

Turner continued to drive in reverse until he approached a curve and another trooper blocked Turner’s vehicle from going farther.

Burgess exited his patrol car and gave loud, verbal commands for Turner to stop.

Turner then placed his vehicle into drive and accelerated, striking Burgess.

The impact caused Burgess to, “roll up the hood of the vehicle and into the windshield, then thrown to the ground,” according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Turner then fled the scene.

Burgess told deputies that Turner also ran over his foot.

The entire ordeal was captured on dashboard cameras.

Deputies located Turner’s vehicle on June 19.

Just a few days later, deputies took Turner into custody.

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