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Edgefield County man dies in chase, after letting woman out of car



An Edgefield County man died late Friday after wrecking during a high-speed chase with the Sheriff’s Office but not before safely letting out a female passenger, authorities said.

Brandon Pickeral, 35, of Trenton, was ejected and suffered fatal injuries after the wreck near Johnston after fleeing deputies at a high speed, Edgefield County Sheriff Jody Rowland said in a press release. Officers found meth and marijuana on him, the sheriff said.

The chase started just before midnight Friday when deputies tried to pull him over for unspecified traffic violations on Yonce Pond Road.

“Initially, the automobile stopped but only to let a female passenger out of the car,” Sheriff Rowland said. “As deputies attempted to approach the car, the driver sped off at a high rate of speed. The chase went a short distance as the driver of the automobile … lost control of the vehicle causing a roll-over crash.”

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The body of Pickeral is being scheduled for an autopsy.

Pickeral had a reason to run. He was on probation for dealing meth in Aiken County and was wanted for failure to appear in court on new charges, leaving his bond company to foot the bill of his bail.

Anytime Bail Bonding was looking for Brandon Pickeral for missing court in October, leaving them to foot his full bail.

He was also labeled a habitual traffic offender in Aiken County for repeatedly driving around on a suspended license, and he has multiple charges for drug possession.

Pickeral had moved to South Carolina in the last decade from Maryland where he had had convictions for robbery, theft and probation violations.

Still, the death was marked online by those who loved the Edgefield County father, who some called “Brodie.”

Jerome Joyner said it was the worst news he has heard all year. “R.I.P Brodie. You a real one. You always been loyal and never switched up on me. No matter what, you had my back.”

Travis Bowman added, “You are a memory of mine that will continue to live, all the countless nights of us sitting back in the truck RV, chilling with whip making our move.”

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  1. Thanks Brodie! You saved the prosecutor the trouble of pardoning you! (I think he must have played too much Grand Theft Auto or watched too many episodes of On Patrol Live! He wanted to get on the evening news but he dint know we don’t have that down heah. oh well)

  2. I can understand comments being made by friends of the deceased, however the criminal is always called ‘a good man’ ‘loved his children’ and on and on. They will probably call all 9’s. The fact remains that he is still a thug and a criminal!!! They will probably call all 9’s, 1 call that’s all, or Hostilo, and blame the cops for chasing him, weak kneed justice system will give them millions, and his so-called friends will have money to by more drugs. Taxpayers pay. Sad.

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