3 charged after vehicles on SC interstate hit by concrete chunks

Jesse Tucker
Jesse Tucker Lexington County Detention Center

Lexington County authorities have arrested two juveniles and an adult from Batesburg-Leesville after concrete chunks were thrown from a bridge onto I-20 early Friday, injuring one person and damaging several vehicles.

Jesse Tucker, 20, was charged Friday afternoon with two counts of attempted murder and four counts of malicious injury to personal property, Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koons said. The two 14-year-old juveniles, turned over to the state Department of Juvenile Justice, may also be charged with attempted murder and malicious injury to private property.

Around 1:22 a.m. Friday, chunks of concrete thrown from the Marcellus Road bridge onto I-20 shattered the front windshield of one tractor trailer, damaged the hood of another, damaged the front grill of Toyota pickup truck and the hood of a Lexington County Sheriff Department patrol car, Koons said.

“The motorists who were driving the four motor vehicles were completely surprised when pieces of concrete struck their vehicles as they approached and then drove under the Marcellus Road bridge on I20,” the warrants say.

The 40-year-old driver of the tractor trailer with the shattered windshield was treated for an eye injury when he reached Augusta, Ga.

Three suspects fled into nearby woods when the Lexington County deputy stopped his patrol car after it was hit, Koons said. The three were located with the use of a sheriff’s department tracking dog.

Tucker was being held Friday at the Lexington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. The two juveniles, both males, will be held at a DJJ facility while awaiting a hearing in family court in Lexington County.