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Man involved in LCSO chase killed in crash

A Greenville man who allegedly tried to flee from police was killed Wednesday night after the car he was in crashed into a utility pole on Torrington Road in Laurens.

Two other people in the same car suffered life-threatening injuries and were airlifted to an area hospital.

The incident involving a chase with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office following an alleged theft occurred at 7:10 p.m., said SCHP Master Trooper David Jones.

Christopher Butler, 46, was killed in the crash, said Laurens County Deputy Coroner Patti Canupp. An autopsy was to be performed Thursday morning.

Butler was traveling east with the car’s two other occupants on Torrington Road in a 1999 Toyota Corolla with a SCHP trooper in pursuit when the Corolla went off the right side of the road and struck the utility pole, Jones said.

Jones did not indicate which of the three occupants was driving the Toyota.

The SCHP is investigating the incident along with its Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team.


  1. Georgia Gillespie on June 20, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    I wish that they would pass a law that law cannot chase any car for any reason, most of the time it is over a stolen car,or a lot of other stupid reasons , BUT nothing is worth risking innocent lives , just think of all the innocent victims who’s lives were not worth as much as a car . Please stop these useless chases! They Never end well!

  2. Charles Fortney on June 21, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Why didn’t they just stop and he would still be alive.That’s all you have to do is stop!!!!!!

    • Kristi on July 15, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      The daughter looking at the police footage and my answer to her is why didnt her father just stop and not why didnt the police officer stop the chase. Her father chose to keep driving causing police officer to pursue him in a chase and at anytime mr butler could of stop his vehicle and ended the chase. Instead he chose not to stop to continue. Driving with police chasing him mr butler wrecks. Mr butler chose to not stop and keep driving and wrecking from mr butlers own decisions.

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