Police: Woman Hoarding Fuel Catches On Fire After Crash In Pickens County

PICKENS CO., N.C. — Police say a woman, hoarding several containers of fuel in her trunk, caught on fire after crashing her car in Pickens, South Carolina on Thursday.

Deputies say they observed a 2007 Pontiac G6 traveling on Jameson Road in Pickens on Thursday night, that was reported stolen, and attempted to conduct a traffic stop at the intersection of Jameson Road and Wolf Creek Road.

Police say the Pontiac driver turned left onto Wolf Creek Road and tried to speed away from law enforcement, as a Pickens County deputy activated his vehicle’s sirens.

The driver of the Pontiac, later identified as 28-year-old Jessica Patterson, lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway, and flipped, according to a news release.

Police say the Pontiac caught fire and multiple explosions were heard inside the car.

Deputies say Patterson was on fire when she excited the vehicle, and was taken to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries.

Patterson told deputies she was transporting several containers of fuel that she was hoarding in the trunk of her car before leaving the scene.

Troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol say they responded to the scene to investigate.