Charleston County man driving with no headlights arrested after chase

Don Curtis Manigault Jr.

A Charleston County man driving with no headlights and no valid driver’s license Wednesday night was arrested after leading officers on a chase, according to an incident report from North Charleston police.

Don Curtis Manigault Jr., 28, of Chemistry Circle in Ladson is charged with third-offense driving under suspension, reckless driving and failure to stop for blue lights.

About 11:30 p.m., two officers responding to a call on Harvey Avenue noticed a silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo coming toward them with no headlights on and a badly damaged front end, according to the report.

Through the open windows, an officer told the driver to turn on his lights. The driver said his lights were on, cursed the officer and took off onto Dorchester Road and Interstate 26 west. The officers followed, with others joining, in what they called a low-speed pursuit.

The car’s hood flew open just before the Montague Avenue exit. The driver pulled over and stopped but took off again, according to the report.

The driver pulled off the interstate onto Aviation Avenue, did a U-turn and got back on I-26 west. The car finally stopped at I-26 and Ashley Phosphate, where Manigault was taken into custody.

Officers said he was foaming at the mouth and sluggish, which they said was consistent with swallowing narcotics.

Manigault was being held in the Charleston County jail Thursday on $2,550 bail.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.