A man was sentenced in a Berkeley County court to 18 years in prison on charges that he discarded stolen items while fleeing from police in a chase through Hanahan.
Joseph Mack Jr., 46, of Towles Road in Hollywood, was found guilty of three counts of strong-arm robbery and one count of failure to stop for a blue light.
Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen on Tuesday sentenced Mack to a maximum 15 years on the robbery charges and three years for the remaining charge, officials with the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office said.
The sentence was made in connection with a robbery and chase that occurred around 7 p.m. Jan. 6, 2013.
Three truck drivers were preparing for a haul on Trident Street when they were approached by Mack, according to police. He demanded cash, jewelry and other items before fleeing from the scene in a green pickup truck.
Hanahan police attempted to stop the truck, but Mack refused to pull over, authorities reported. A mile-long chase ensued down Remount Road and through the parking lot of an apartment complex on Chatham Avenue.
The chase ended when Mack crashed into a parked camper on Murray Drive, police said.
Investigators located all of the stolen items along the chase's route, according to the Solicitor's Office. A pistol and a cold beer were also found, authorities reported shortly after the chase.
"The victims will always be affected by this incident, but we are glad that we were able to take a dangerous man off the streets to give them some peace of mind," Assistant Solicitor Colleen E. Taylor said in a news release.
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