Firefighters extinguish car fire – Hwy. 20

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Piedmont firefighters work to extinguish a car fire Tuesday morning. Highway 20 near Monticello Drive. Troopers were attempting to stop a speeding light-colored Monte Carlo on SC-20 near SC-86. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit started. Within 2 minutes, the suspect vehicle started to smoke heavily. The vehicle came to a stop, both people got out and were taken into custody without incident. After taking the two people into custody, the suspect vehicle rolled into a trooper’s car (trooper was not injured). When the trooper moved his patrol car, the suspect’s vehicle rolled down an embankment and burst into flames. The driver, 35-year-old Steven Beacham, was charged with Failure to Stop for Blue Lights, Driving Under the Influence, and Driving Under Suspension. He was taken to the Greenville County Detention Center. The passenger was not taken into custody. Piedmont firefighters work to extinguish a car fire Tuesday morning. Highway 20 near Monticello Drive.