North Charleston police officers uncovered more than 100 oxycodone pills and $1,000 in cash after a pickup connected to a counterfeiting investigation led them on a brief high-speed pursuit.
The fleeing truck crashed into a civilian vehicle Saturday during the 1.5-mile chase that reached 100 mph on Ashley Phosphate Road. The ordeal ended when the pickup crashed into a concrete post and was rear-ended by a police cruiser.
Four men in the truck, all of whom have arrest histories, suffered minor injuries. They later were jailed and soon released on personal recognizance.
It was not immediately known whether anyone else was hurt. Attempts to contact the S.C. Highway Patrol, which is investigating the wrecks, were not successful.
All four face a charge of possession with intent to distribute Schedule 2 drugs because they declined to claim the stash of painkillers, according to an incident report. They are Jackie Ivan Coaxum Jr., 21, of Dorchester Manor Boulevard in North Charleston; Zackery Alexis Frankie Aiken, 19, of Midland Drive in North Charleston; Jamal Rashad Harris, 19, of Root Branch Road in Pineville; and Tyvon Sydell Walker, 20, Warm Avenue in North Charleston.
Coaxum, who was driving the pickup, also faces charges of failure to stop for blue lights and driving under suspension for the second time.
The Post and Courier first asked about the incident Monday after fielding inquiries from readers. But North Charleston Police Department spokesman Spencer Pryor said he had no record of it. Pryor released a report today, after the newspaper pointed out Coaxumís arrest.
Events leading to the chase started the day after Christmas, when a Hanahan man told the police that he sold a new Apple iPad to a man in North Charleston for $450.
But when the seller took the 20 $20 bills and one $50 bill to the bank, he learned that they were phony. He later reported the episode to the police, telling officers that the iPad buyer and two other men were riding in a white Ford F-250.
Three days later, North Charleston Officer Ryan Terrell saw the pickup on Ashley Phosphate Road. Four people were riding inside, including several without seat belts, he reported.
About 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the pickup sped up when Terrell signaled for a traffic stop near Cross County Road. The vehicle hit speeds of 100 mph and struck a sport-utility vehicle when it ran a red light at Windsor Hill Boulevard.
When the pickup tried a sharp turn at Dorchester Manor Boulevard, where Coaxum lives, it crashed into a concrete pillar. Terrell, the first of two pursuing officers, tried to brake, but his car hit the back of the pickup.
Coaxum ran, but the police later caught him, according to the report.
The three passengers were handcuffed. Terrell covered Aiken with a blanket because he was going into shock, the report stated.
In a plastic bag stuffed into the pickupís center console, officers reported that they found 118 pills that appeared to be oxycodone.
Walker, who was named as a suspect in the counterfeiting case, had $1,073 in cash. Another $71 was on the floor. It was not known whether the money was real.
During a bond hearing Saturday, Magistrate Priscilla Baldwin set each of the four menís bail at $5,000 on the drug charges, and they were released later that day. Coaxum also had a $2,000 bail on the charge of fleeing from the police.
Coaxum was convicted in 2009 of giving false information to the police, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. He was on probation after pleading guilty to a 2011 charge of possessing cocaine base.
Aiken was convicted in 2011 of marijuana possession. He faced the same charge in August, but was later acquitted.
Harris has a misdemeanor arrest history, including a conviction for disorderly conduct. He was arrested on a drug count in September 2011, but the charge was dropped. Walker has been arrested once, in November 2009. He was later convicted of possession of alcohol by a minor.
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