Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott details how a teenage suspect struck Deputy Sara Merriman with a car, sending her to the hospital with serious injuries, an incident he says shows the dangers of what his deputies face.
The sheriff says deputies had tracked a stolen car to a parking lot in the 6800 block of Two Notch Road around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Lott said Merriman and another deputy pulled up in their vehicles and parked behind the suspect, and attempted to call out the 17-year-old. However, at that point, they say the teen drove the car in reverse, striking Merriman before she could get out of the way. The vehicle kept driving.
Deputy Merriman is currently recovering in the hospital.