ANDERSON, S.C. — A South Carolina sheriff’s office has released its vehicle pursuit policy after a college student was killed in a crash involving a chase by a deputy.

The Anderson Independent Mail reported the policy states officers should conduct pursuits only if the officer thinks the person has committed a serious crime and the need to immediately catch the suspect outweighs the risks in a chase.

Twenty-two-year-old Joshua Martin died in a crash Sunday night as an Anderson County deputy was chasing a stolen car and hit the Greenville Technical College student’s vehicle.

Sheriff Chad McBride said Deputy Timothy Ryan Chapman of Piedmont is on paid administrative during the investigation.

The policy does not define a “serious” crime. McBride says he hopes to update the policy to get better definitions soon.


Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, http://www.andersonsc.com