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Coroner IDs man who died after high-speed chase

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating after a man led an Aiken officer on a chase through North Augusta and Edgefield County Sunday night.

It started as a traffic stop, but the driver, 68-year-old Earnest Satterwhite, wouldn't pull over, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. Sunday night around 7 p.m., Officer Justin Craven tried to make the traffic stop on Knox Avenue in front of the Shoppes of North Augusta. 

Craven suspected White was driving drunk, but White didn't pull over, according to the NADPS. Instead, he sped up and chase began.

White led Officer Craven into Edgefield County on Highway 25, officers said. He caused two separate accidents and destroyed property. The chase came to a stop at Rose Road, still on Highway 25. Craven approached the car, but a fight started and he fired shots.

"This is a normal process for SLED to come in and investigate anytime a law enforcement officer has to use their weapon," South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Spokesman Thom Berry said. "This marks the 8th time this year that there has been an officer-involved shooting in South Carolina."

The North Augusta Department of Public Safety said in a statement Monday that they have no further comment about what happened. It's in SLED's hands and they are "cooperating with them fully." SLED said their investigation is ongoing.

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