Drunk Driver Flees From Police, Crashes At Elementary School In York County

FORT MILL, S.C. — A woman is facing drunk driving charges after evading police and crashing near an elementary school in York County Thursday morning.

According to the York County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses reported a car, which had tried to pass an 18-wheeler truck on a double yellow line and was driving erratically on Highway 21 in Fort Mill around 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

A York County deputy attempted a traffic stop but the driver sped off as the deputy approached the vehicle before driving off the road and crashing into a tree at Springfield Elementary School.

The school was placed on preventative lock down by school administrators as a precaution.  The lock down was lifted shortly thereafter.

The driver, 28-year-old Diamond Barrett, was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.  She faces charges of  Driving Under the Influence, Driving Under Suspension, Open Container in a Vehicle and Failure to Stop for Blue Lights.

“This woman’s behavior posed a significant danger and risk to those in the community and needed to be stopped,” said Sheriff Kevin Tolson. “We are very thankful that no one else other than this woman was injured.”