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A manhunt is underway for a Lancaster man wanted for striking two officers with his car at the site of a traffic collision Sunday, July 6.
Tyzhe Lashown Hough, 19, 5908 Henderson Road, is wanted on at least one charge of attempted murder following the incident that sent two police officers to Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release.
Several other charges are pending, police said.
The incident began at 3:20 p.m., as officers came upon a traffic collision at the intersection of South Market Street and Chesterfield Avenue.
Both Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Brenner Hartley and PFC Erica Ealy stopped to investigate and found Hough driving one of the vehicles involved, the release said.
As he investigated the scene, Hartley ordered Hough out of the vehicle after smelling marijuana coming from inside of it, though Hough refused to get out, the release said.
“Hough then placed the vehicle in drive and hit the accelerator, fleeing the scene. Sgt. Hartley was struck by the vehicle as he reached inside in an attempt to stop Hough. PFC Ealy was standing near the front of the vehicle, speaking with the other motorist. She was struck by the fleeing vehicle and knocked to the street,” the release said.
Hartley got back into his patrol car and chased Hough east on Flat Creek Road (S.C. 903), though Hough lost control of his car and crashed along Beacon Road.
Hough then ran into a nearby wood line, but Hartley wasn’t able to follow due to his injuries, the release said.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter and sent deputies to track Hough, while a S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) helicopter was also deployed, though neither was able to find Hough.
Both the injured officers were taken to SMH and treated for their injuries. They were both later released with significant, but non-life threatening injuries, the release said.
Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said Tuesday, July 8 that both officers are recovering from their injuries.
“They’re doing OK. They’re banged up a little, of course, but they’ll get through it,” Grant said.
As of Tuesday, Hough had not yet been found.
“We’re in the process of looking for him right now,” Grant said.
He said it is unknown if anyone helped Hough escape from the area or is assisting him now.
“Not that we know of. We’re just focused on looking for him right now,” he said.
Hough is described as 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds.
Anyone with information about Hough’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1173 or the department’s anonymous tip line at (803) 289-6040.
Prior to Sunday’s incident, Hough was already known to local officers.
Hough has 12 pending criminal charges, dating back to 2012 in the 6th Judicial Circuit, which covers Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties, according to the S.C. Judicial Department online case database.
Two of the charges stem from a Feb. 3, 2012, arrest, when Hough was only 17 years old, for charges of manufacturing or possession of schedule V drugs with intent to distribute, first offense, and possession of cocaine, first offense. According to judicial records, Hough was released from jail the following day on two $10,000 surety bonds.
Later that year, Hough was arrested for a noise ordinance violation on Sept. 24, 2012.
During a July 6, 2013, arrest, Hough was charged with manufacturing or distributing cocaine base, first offense, and unlawful carrying of a pistol. He was released the same day on two bonds, a $10,000 bond for the cocaine charge and a $5,000 bond for the pistol charge, per judicial records.
About a month later, on Aug. 20, 2013, Hough was again arrested, this time on charges of sale or delivery of a pistol to and possession by certain persons unlawful, and failure to stop for blue lights, the S.C. judicial department website said. He was later released on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond for the pistol charge and a $40,000 surety bond for the blue lights charge, per judicial records.
On June 13, 2014, police again arrested Hough on charges of operating a vehicle with improper braking equipment, unlawful carrying of a pistol, failure to stop for blue lights and grand larceny, more than $2,000 and less than $10,000, the judicial department database said. He was released the next day with a $155 personal recognizance bond for the braking charge, $6,000 surety bond for the pistol charge, $3,000 surety bond for the blue lights charge and $10,000 surety bond for the larceny charge, per judicial records.
The judicial database also listed a June 20, 2014, charge against Hough of possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana, first offense.
The combined amount of bonds issued for Hough since 2012 total $119,155.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416