Crime in the County
The following incidents were obtained from Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office reports:
• A St. Stephen man left his key in the ignition of his pickup truck overnight on June 11 and the next morning the vehicle was missing. There were shards of glass in the front yard. The truck has an extended cab and a toolbox mounted on the bed. It was entered into NCIC.
• The Pineville/Eadytown Recreation Center was burglarized on June 8. Someone pried open the right front door of the community center building and also removed and cut the power supply wire to the building. There were tire tracks in the grass on one side of the building where it was determined the perpetrators had used a vehicle to pull the wire from the building. The door is valued at $50 and the power wire is valued at $1,000.
• At some point between June 1 and June 6 a Cross house being renovated by a Holly Hill man was broken into. When the complainant arrived he noticed the front door was open. There was forced entry into the front door, causing $150 in damage. The subjects also stole six boxes of maple blonde flooring valued at $230 from the kitchen. There were also four rods and reels stolen from the carport, which were valued at $250, and a lawn mower valued at $150.
• On June 9 a 20-year-old Moncks Corner man was arrested after failing to stop for blue lights and leading a deputy on a high-speed chase in which the subject turned off his lights.
As the vehicle turned onto Cypress Gardens Road from the northbound lane of U.S.-17A the deputy noticed the subject’s silver BMW had a defective passenger side headlight. The BMW was traveling at a high rate of speed in a careless manner, and the deputy had a difficult time catching up. The BMW then turned onto Lazy Hill Drive and suddenly onto New Oak Lane. The deputy had his blue lights on and when he got close to the BMW its headlights were turned off.
The BMW then turned onto Sweetgum Court before pulling into a residence. A male subject exited the car and ran inside the residence.
The suspect’s mother answered the front door; she said her son was upstairs in his bedroom. The deputy ordered him downstairs and the son matched the description of the subject who exited the BMW. The subject was handcuffed and detained.
The subject said his friend was driving the vehicle. The subject was put in the back of the patrol car and changed his story while waiving his Miranda rights and making a number of confessions. He told the deputy he was the driver and ran because he was just cleared of prior charges and did not have a license.
He said he attempted to evade the deputy by driving at a high rate of speed and then hide by turning off his lights. The subject said he did see the patrol vehicle’s blue lights.
A search of the subject’s person revealed he had 40 pills of dextromethorphan and chlorpheniramin maleate for which he did not claim ownership. The pills were taken into evidence to be destroyed.
A 19-year-old subject who was grossly intoxicated on the front porch of the residence where the BMW parked, where he does not reside, was also arrested for being a minor in possession of beer by consumption.