Mark L. Blake Jr. first offered a handshake to the state trooper who had stopped his car for speeding last year on Interstate 526.
He then set his driver’s license on the passenger seat, as if Blake were baiting the trooper into reaching inside, the lawman wrote in his report.
But the attempts failed, and later, under Blake’s seat, the trooper discovered a 9 mm Glock pistol loaded with 18 rounds. Bags of cocaine also were found.
Released through a Freedom of Information Act request, the S.C. Highway Patrol report sheds light on the first of two cases on which Blake was free on bail March 30, when authorities say he shot a Charleston police officer.
Blake, 26, of Queens Castle Court in West Ashley, remained in jail Monday after leaving a hospital three days before, Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said. He was booked while wearing a blue gown and sitting in a wheelchair.
He faces charges of failure to stop for blue lights and attempted murder. State agents said he turned during a foot pursuit and shot 23-year-old Officer Cory Goldstein several times at Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Savannah Highway. Goldstein returned fire, hitting his assailant twice.
As details about the case have emerged, city officials have called for legislation that would make it more difficult for people who are repeatedly arrested to post bail.
Blake’s first conviction came after a 2005 arrest, when deputies ran him down and found him with a loaded pistol. He had several run-ins with officers after that, but the encounters have escalated in the past year.
Two of Blake’s arrests before last month’s shooting entailed drug trafficking, which is a violent crime under state law. Documents acquired this week detail those cases.
In the first on April 15, 2012, the state trooper saw Blake’s car speeding west on I-526. Before the car stopped, the trooper reported seeing its driver throwing something through the sunroof.
Blake quickly apologized to the trooper and said the litter was a chicken bone he had been gnawing on.
The trooper smelled alcohol, the report stated. Blake said he was returning from a nightclub but “absolutely” had not been drinking.
When asked for them, Blake placed his vehicle documents on the seat next to him and said, “They right there,” according to the trooper. Also in the seat was a ripped plastic bag, the trooper reported.
“I am not doing anything,” Blake said, according to the report. Then, he opened a door and threw out the plastic bag, the trooper said.
He denied throwing out the bag, instead saying it was another chicken bone.
“I was eating chicken wings and fries, and here I am in trouble,” he said, according to the report. “It was bones going out the window.”
Blake was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. His blood alcohol content was later tested to be 0.14 percent, the trooper said. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.
In the car, the trooper found a plate of chicken wings and french fries, as well as a bag of cocaine. The Glock 22 was under Blake’s seat. Its magazine contained 17 cartridges, and its chamber also was loaded.
Sitting in the trooper’s car, Blake tried to stuff another bag of cocaine into a seat crack, the report stated. But the trooper found the drugs after they arrived at the jail, which Blake left days later on a $50,000 bail set by Magistrate Linda Lombard.
While free in December, according to affidavits, Blake sold heroin to a sheriff’s informant on Rondo Street, which is yards from where the police said he shot the officer last month.
Informants bought heroin from him two more times until deputies raided his Jobee Drive apartment and found 1.06 ounces of the drug, the documents stated. They also discovered a trace of cocaine.
Blake was arrested on those drug charges in February, but he came up with the money to later post the $55,000 bail set by Magistrate Sheryl Perry.
Under bills being considered in Columbia, defendants who are already out on bail and are charged with a violent crime would go before a judge with the power to revoke bail.
In Blake’s case, prosecutors said they would have moved to revoke his bail, but they were not aware of his latest drug case until about the time the officer was shot.
Blake’s bondsman on the trafficking charges from last year, Thomas Holliday Sr., said he also planned to vacate the bond. But on the same day he filed that court motion, Holliday withdrew it.
“I was going to leave him in jail,” Holliday said, “but his father assured us he would supervise him.”
Contacted by telephone, Blake’s father, Mark L. Blake Sr., said, “I don’t have any information for you.”
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