A man who led deputies on a chase Monday on James Island had nearly 8 pounds of marijuana and 65 Ecstasy pills in his car, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.
Joseph Duvall Smith, 31, of Tabby Creek Circle in Summerville, was being held in the Charleston County jail on multiple charges Tuesday.
Here’s what happened, according to the incident report.
About 7:25 p.m. Monday, a deputy noticed a 2013 Ford Fusion speeding and crossing the center lane on Dills Bluff Road, almost causing a wreck. The driver, later identified as Smith, refused to stop and kept going onto Williams Road at more than 50 mph.
With the deputy in pursuit, Smith and a passenger bailed out of the car near the end of Williams Road, and the car came to a stop in a ditch. Smith ignored orders to stop, and the deputy released a dog.
Smith pushed the dog away, and the deputy used a Taser on him. Smith still was able to flee, and the deputy released the dog again. Smith was soon arrested.
Deputies said they noticed a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the car. They said they found eight gallon-sized plastic bags stuffed with pot, weighing a total of 7.95 pounds.
Deputies also found a bag containing 65 Ecstasy pills on the floorboard and $1,159 cash in Smith’s pockets, according to the report.
Smith was taken to Medical University Hospital for treatment of dog bites to his left arm and for eating Ecstasy pills during the chase, according to the report.
He was charged with failure to stop for blue lights, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute Ecstasy and resisting arrest.
The passenger who jumped out of the car and ran was not found or identified, sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said.
Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553 or twitter.com/dmunday.
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