Drunk driving charges filed against man involved in head on collision with deputy

Tony Ervin Hayes' vehicle (Kershaw County Sheriff's Office)

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WACH) – Charges will be filed against a driver who hit a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Deputy head on, according to the department.

The department says that on Saturday, May 13 around 9 p.m., a deputy was involved in a head on collision with a 1998 Honda being driven by 55-year-old Tony Ervin Hayes.

Hayes is now charged with his second DUI, simple possession of marijuana and an ABC violation following the discovery of marijuana and an open container of alcohol in Hayes’ vehicle.

The incident happened on U.S. 1 near the intersection of Park Road. The deputy was travelling northbound on U.S. 1 while Hayes was travelling in the opposite direction.

“Like the public at large, deputies are not immune from the actions of a drunk driver,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “Body armor, airbags and a push guard added to the front of the patrol vehicle likely minimized injuries to the deputy. More importantly, I pray for my deputies’ safety every day and apparently God answered those prayers on Saturday night.”

The deputy didn’t suffer immediate injuries after the wreck, so he got out of his vehicle to check on the condition of Hayes. Hayes was critically injured and had to be removed from his vehicle.

The deputy was taken to Kershaw Health where he was treated and released. Hayes was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland where he remains in ICU with serious injuries.

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