Suspect dies in Lexington police chase

dprice@thestate.comJuly 3, 2013 

— A man died from injuries he sustained in a June 30 police chase in Lexington.

Corey C. Register, 27, of Gaston, died July 2 at Palmetto Health Richland, according to the Lexington Police Department. Register suffered injuries that ultimately led to his death after crashing his Jeep Cherokee into a tree at Park Road and Brookhill West after a mile-long chase with police.

A patrol officer tried to stop Register’s SUV in the 200 block of Columbia Avenue after he noticed the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and might’ve been driving drunk, according to the department. The car slowly turned into the parking lot for a fast-food restaurant. At first, the vehicle appeared to be stopping, but left the lot onto West Main Street.

The car sped west on before turning onto Park Road, followed by police. The vehicle careened down Park Road before eventually striking a tree, less than a mile from where the officer attempted to make the stop.

The driver, later identified as Register, was transported to the hospital where he later died. Evidence indicates that alcohol contributed to the crash, according to the department.

At the time of the chase, Register’s license was suspended. The man also has prior convictions for failure to stop for police.

The case remains under review by the SC Highway Patrol’s investigative unit.

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