Hearing for West Ashley high-speed chase suspect canceled as attorneys OK bail reduction

Peter Jenkins, 52, of Heathwood Drive in West Ashley faces charges in connection with a police pursuit on May 28 through North Charleston and Charleston.

Attorneys agreed Tuesday to reduce bail for a West Ashley man whose arrest in May after a high-speed chase prompted a state investigation.

Peter Jenkins, 52, of Heathwood Drive faces a charge of failure to stop for blue lights. He’s a felon with more than 45 criminal convictions since 1979.

He was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Tuesday, but attorneys instead met and agreed to reduce his bail, defense lawyer Daniel Boles said.

Jenkins’ bail was dropped from $125,000 to $60,000 on the chase charge and a count of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in an earlier incident, Boles said.

On May 28, Jenkins sped away from police officers who tried to stop him for a traffic violation in North Charleston, authorities said. He led them over Interstate 526 and into West Ashley, where officers boxed in his car off Wappoo Road, the police said.

A video shows Jenkins with his hands raised when Deputy Cory Shelton of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office ran to the white Hyundai and started hitting him. The State Law Enforcement Division is still trying to determine whether his actions were justified, agency spokesman Thom Berry said Tuesday.

Boles said Jenkins suffers head pain because of the ordeal, but that he has not been evaluated by a doctor.

Reach Andrew Knapp at 937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.

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