Deputy placed on leave after fatal motorcycle crash

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A Berkeley County sheriff's deputy has been placed on leave after a chase ended in a fatal crash.

The Post and Courier reports (http://bit.ly/2orBHvY) that video footage released by the sheriff's office shows Deputy James Vansant's SUV colliding twice with 30-year-old Robert Lee Clark Jr.'s motorcycle Wednesday night.

Officials attribute the crash partly to Clark's sharp braking and say that although Vansant did not swerve to avoid the collision, the contact did not appear purposeful.

Clark, who was wanted for speeding, lost control of the motorcycle after the collision and hit another car. He died at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet at the time. Marijuana was found on his body.

Vansant is on administrative leave pending an internal review and the South Carolina Highway Patrol's investigation.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com