Chase leads to arrest

  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014

One man was arrested after a high-speed chase that started near Moncks Corner last week.

A Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office deputy was patrolling near Moncks Corner on Feb. 23 shortly after 3 a.m.

That’s when a champagne colored Jeep traveling on the inside lane of U.S.-17A was driving at about 35 mph, below the posted speed limit, according to a BCSO report.

The deputy followed the Jeep and saw it cross the center lane and overcorrect into the right lane twice without signaling.

The vehicle almost hit the elevated median in the road while turning. The deputy activated his blue lights to initiate a stop but the vehicle continued on North Live Oak Drive without attempting to stop.

The vehicle slowed before it sped away. The pursuit began at 3:07 a.m. and ended at 3:19 a.m., lasting about 12 miles.

During the pursuit speeds varied from 45 mph to 100 mph, according to the report. The subject got his vehicle stuck in a dirt hill behind the Charleston Auto Auction located at 651 Precast Lane.

The deputy arrested the driver and placed him in the back of his patrol vehicle. A search of the Jeep revealed an open 40-ounce bottle of King Cobra Malt Liquor under the passenger seat. The bottle was partially empty and inside a brown paper bag. It was still cool to the touch.

The subject was taken to the detention center and charged with failure to stop for blue lights, reckless driving and open container.

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