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Chase Involving Stolen Pick-Up Takes A Motorcyclists’ Life

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A motorcyclist was killed in mid-September after being hit head-on during a chase involving a stolen pickup on Old Buncombe Road in Greenville County. The driver of the pickup, Ashley Tate Moore, was driving the wrong way on Old Buncombe Road in what a local television report termed a “high-speed chase” with the sheriff’s department. Moore has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. Bail was set at $20,000.

The incident began when law enforcement officials were investigating reports of a stolen vehicle at TD’s gas station. The gas station is located on SC 253. When a policeman approached the vehicle, the driver veered toward the deputy at high speed, apparently trying to run over him. Police fired at the truck in an attempt to stop it.

A brief chase ensued on US 25 near Travelers Rest. Jordan Barry Howard, 30, of Marietta, was driving south on North Highway 25 when the accident occurred. The stolen vehicle was going the wrong way, and Howard “was struck head-on” according to local news reports. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Howard was a lieutenant in the North Greenville Fire Department and was believed to be on his way to work.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the sheriff’s office are both expected to file charges.

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