A magistrate set bail at $1.3 million Friday for a North Charleston man accused of leading police on a chase that ended with three crashed vehicles, sending a pregnant woman and her 9-year-old child to the hospital.
Six friends and family members appeared at the bond hearing to support the accused man, 24-year-old Cleo Williams Jr. The group offered no words in court on his behalf.
Williams’ uncle Eil Grant said afterward that he was in shock, having just heard about the incident Friday morning on the news.
“It surprised me,” Grant said as the group rushed out of the hearing after bail was set. “I’m overwhelmed at the highness of the bond.”
Magistrate Linda Lombard listed several infractions that led to her setting a high bond amount, stating Williams failed to stop for blue lights, injured multiple people and had a gun with him.
Police tried to stop Williams about 5:10 p.m. Thursday on Rivers Avenue near Greenridge Road as part of a drug probe across several jurisdictions, according to the North Charleston Police Department.
Police said Williams sped up when an officer turned on his lights and siren. The officer crashed into another car and lost sight of Williams.
Other officers chased but lost Williams, who then collided with three vehicles on Rivers Avenue near Otranto Road, police said. One of the vehicles rolled onto its side.
A 27-year-old pregnant woman and her 9-year-old child were taken to Trident Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Someone in one of the other vehicles was taken to Trident.
The pregnant woman was still hospitalized Friday afternoon, but the child had been released, North Charleston police Capt. Scott Deckard said.
Williams ran from the scene and was caught after a short pursuit, police said. A large amount of cash and a pistol were found in the vehicle, police said.
Brenda Rindge contributed to this report. Reach Christina Elmore at 937-5908 or at Twitter.com/celmorePC.