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Teen on moped hurt after being ‘bumped’ during police chase, Chester sheriff says

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Newly appointed Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey was sworn in Wednesday morning at the Chester County Courthouse. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster appointed Dorsey as sheriff after former Sheriff Alex Underwood was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday.
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Newly appointed Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey was sworn in Wednesday morning at the Chester County Courthouse. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster appointed Dorsey as sheriff after former Sheriff Alex Underwood was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday.

A Chester County deputy in pursuit of a moped collided with it and the teen driver was injured, sheriff officials said.

“During a chase, a deputy inadvertently bumped the moped,” Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey said in a statement to The Herald.

The incident happened Wednesday evening in the area of Richburg Road and Chester Avenue in Great Falls in southeastern Chester County, police said.

There was a “minor injury to the driver of the moped,” Dorsey said.

The driver of the moped was taken to a hospital as a precaution but injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, Dorsey said.

There is dashcam video of the incident from the sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car, Dorsey said.

Dorsey did not identify the 17-year-old driver of the moped.

An incident report from the sheriff’s office stated the teen was driving on the wrong side of the road and disregarded traffic signs, including stop signs at around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Great Falls.

The deputy tried to stop the moped when it had a driver and a passenger on it, the report stated. The moped was traveling toward oncoming traffic and the driver had no helmet, the report stated.

After the passenger jumped off, the driver continued to drive on the wrong side of the road and did not stop despite the deputy activating blue lights and siren, the report stated. A Great Falls Police Department officer joined in the pursuit, deputies said.

The driver of the moped was waving at onlookers when the patrol car and the moped collided, the report stated.

Charges against the moped driver are pending, including failure to stop for police, Dorsey said.

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