High-speed pursuits

  • Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Significant chases involving the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office since early 2012:

Daylight on Jan. 30, 2012




Reason: Pickup nearly hit sheriff’s SUV

Where: From Hungryneck Boulevard in Mount Pleasant to Steed Creek Road near Awendaw

Cruisers behind suspect: At least 3, including unmarked car

Length: 35 miles, 30 minutes

Suspect’s top speed: 100 mph

Deputies’ top speed: 134 mph

End: Deputy shoots tires, sending pickup off road; driver Timothy McManus had suspended license

Dark on May 8, 2012




Reason: Improper lane change

Where: Folly Road to Camp Road on James Island

Cruisers behind suspect: At least 2

Length: 2 miles, 3 minutes

Suspect’s top speed: Unclear

Deputies’ top speed: Unclear

End: Car loses control on curve, hits tree; Toland Gathers, 35, and Shahied Ladson, 34, are killed; drugs found in car

Daylight on May 24, 2012




Reason: Stolen car, burglary suspect

Where: Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley to Willtown Road near Hollywood

Cruisers behind suspect: At least 2

Length: 25 miles, 12 minutes

Suspect’s top speed: About 90 mph

Deputies’ top speed: Unclear

End: Car hits tree on dirt road, flips; driver Abraham Jenkins, 18, and two juvenile passengers injured

Daylight on Oct. 17, 2012




Reason: Suspended license plate

Where: Near Ashley River on Interstate 526 in North Charleston to Cranford Road near Goose Creek

Cruisers behind suspect: At least 3; 3 others in area

Length: 16 miles, 30 minutes

Suspect’s top speed: About 100 mph

Deputies’ top speed: Unknown

End: Car makes sudden turn on residential street, hits front of cruiser; deputy and suspect Tewonna Lashay Sallie, 28, suffer minor injuries

Dark on Oct. 17, 2012




Reason: Failure to yield to deputy responding to different chase

Where: Near Montague Avenue on Interstate 526 to Dorchester Road in North Charleston

Cruisers behind suspect: 1

Length: 1 mile, 1 minute

Suspect’s top speed: About 110 mph

Deputies’ top speed: About 110 mph

End: SUV exits at Dorchester Road, runs a red light and broadsides a minivan, injuring both drivers; Eddie Clayton, who didn’t have a license, is arrested

Dusk on May 13, 2013




Reason: Felony drug suspect

Where: Magwood Drive in West Ashley, to downtown, to Orangeburg County

Cruisers behind suspect: 6 at one point

Length: 75 miles, 50 minutes

Suspect’s top speed: About 100 mph

Deputies’ top speed: 134 mph

End: Deputies’ radio communications fade, supervisor terminates chase; suspect not apprehended



­­—Andrew Knapp

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