A 23-year-old man was arrested Monday morning on drugs and weapons charges because North Charleston police said they found a stolen pistol, a military-style rifle and some crack cocaine after a high-speed chase that ended in Mount Pleasant.
Preston Bernard Swinton, 23, of Hamlin Road in Mount Pleasant faces counts of possessing crack cocaine and possessing a stolen pistol, according to court records. He remained jailed Monday afternoon in lieu of $110,000 bail.
Swinton was the only one of four people to be caught from a car that the North Charleston Police Department said led officers on a chase from a nightclub in the city to a shopping complex off Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant.
The ordeal began around 12:40 a.m. when a North Charleston patrol officer reported seeing someone throw a bottle that broke on the ground outside Bossez's Nite Club at 3719 St. Johns Ave., which is near McMillan Avenue, according to an incident report.
That person and three others climbed into a gray Chrysler sedan with temporary tags.
The officer tried to stop the car, but it instead blew through a traffic light at Spruill and McMillan avenues, then reached 90 mph on Spruill Avenue.
A police sergeant joined the pursuit at Spruill and East Montague avenues, and it continued on North Rhett Avenue in the Park Circle neighborhood and on eastbound Interstate 526.
The car left the interstate at Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant, where a Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputy hit it with tire-puncturing spikes at Belle Point Drive and Egypt Road in the Belle Hall shopping plaza.
The Chrysler crashed as its driver tried to steer left onto Egypt Road near an Exxon gas station at 701 Long Point Road, where the four occupants got out and ran away. Two people fled down Egypt Road, and two others scurried across the Exxon parking lot.
Swinton soon was caught, according to the report.
A police dog tracked a scent to an Egypt Road address, but no more suspects were found.
Inside the car, the police officers reported finding a Colt AR-15, which is a military-style rifle, behind the driver's seat.
They also uncovered a stolen 9 mm Hi-Point pistol, the report said.
In Swinton's right pocket, the police said they came across a pistol magazine loaded with 9 mm rounds, but Swinton said he didn't know how it had gotten there, according to the report.
He also had some crack cocaine that he tried to destroy and hide in the sheriff's cruiser that the authorities put him in, the police said.
The three other suspects, including the Chrysler's driver, were not identified in the report.
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