Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Responds to Accident and Vehicle Fire
Earlier this evening, a deputy with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, in a marked patrol unit, observed a 2007 Pontiac G6 traveling on Jameson Road in Pickens. It was determined that the vehicle was displaying a South Carolina license plate that had been reported stolen. As the vehicle approached the intersection of Jameson Road and Wolf Creek Road, the deputy activated his vehicle’s emergency lights in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop.
The driver of the Pontiac turned left onto Wolf Creek Road and accelerated the vehicle in an attempt to elude law enforcement. The deputy then activated his vehicle’s siren. Before the deputy could complete radio traffic with the Communications center, the driver of the Pontiac lost control of the vehicle leaving the roadway and completely flipping the vehicle. The vehicle immediately caught fire and multiple explosions were heard inside the vehicle.
As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Jessica Dale Patterson (28 YOA), exited the vehicle and was observed to be on fire. The deputy pushed Ms. Patterson to the ground in order to put out the flames. She was transported to the hospital by Pickens County EMS personnel.
Before leaving the scene, Ms. Patterson told deputies that she was transporting several containers of fuel that she was hoarding in the trunk of the vehicle. These containers of fuel were the catalyst of the explosions.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the scene to investigate the accident.
Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Continues to Search for Leads in the Fatal Shooting of Easley Resident
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Heyward “Trey” Delno Price, III, an Easley resident who was found dead Monday morning at his residence located at 207 Shade Tree Circle. Sheriff’s Detectives have worked non-stop since the discovery of the victim’s body and continue to track down any lead that may give answers to some pending questions in the investigation.
As the investigation has progressed, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has developed a vehicle of interest and is requesting the public’s assistance in locating this vehicle. The vehicle of interest is believed to be an orange minivan, similar to a Dodge Caravan. (See below stock photo of what the vehicle is believed to look like).
Anyone with information regarding this incident or information about the vehicle of interest is asked to call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.
Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Death of Easley Man as a Homicide
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the Pickens County Coroner’s Office are currently investigating the death of an Easley man as a homicide after being found dead yesterday morning at his residence located at 207 Shade Tree Circle.
The victim who is an adult male was found deceased with a visible injury that is characteristic of a gunshot wound. No weapon was found at the scene. Preliminary investigation is that the victim resides at the residence.
The Sheriff’s Office has not taken anyone into custody during the early stages of the investigation as Sheriff’s Detectives continue to conduct interviews with relatives, friends and acquaintances. However, Detectives also believe that this is an isolated incident and there is no immediate danger to the public.
Inquiries concerning the identity of the victim should be directed to the Pickens County Coroner’s Office.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.
In the early morning hours on today’s date, Deputies with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office responded to 3800 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley, South Carolina (the entrance to the South Carolina Upper State Fairgrounds) to assist Pickens County EMS. A passerby had reported discovering a male subject at that location who was unresponsive. Upon the arrival of the Deputies, EMS reported that the subject was deceased.
Detectives were called to the scene to begin their investigation. Early information obtained in the investigation thus far does not indicate any obvious signs of foul play.
The Sheriff’s Office has no additional information to release at this time pending results from an autopsy and completion of the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted with the investigation by the Pickens County Coroner’s Office.
Inquiries pertaining to the identity of the subject should be directed to the Pickens County Coroner’s Office.