Man charged after chase, crash


A Summerville man faces multiple charges after leading police on a chase Thursday night from Mount Pleasant to North Charleston, where he crashed his car and struggled with deputies, authorities said.

William Elliot Berger, 43, of East Colpat Street, is charged with failure to stop for blue lights, resisting arrest and driving under the influence, according to an incident report and jail records.

The incident began at 10:30 p.m. when Mount Pleasant police were called to a Morningdale Drive home to check out a report of possible burglary in progress involving a gun. A woman at the home told police her ex-boyfriend, Berger, had followed her home and banged on her door, a report stated.

The woman told officers Berger did not try to force his way inside but she feared for her safety because he carries a gun, a report stated.

Police spotted Berger’s white Honda Civic leaving the Ivy Hall subdivision at a high rate of speed, but they were unable to stop the car, a report stated.

Police chased the car onto Interstate 526 but called off the pursuit near Daniel Island, Charleston County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Watson said.

Deputies spotted the vehicle in North Charleston and pursued Berger on Rivers Avenue to Ashley Phosphate Road, onto Interstate 26 and over to Highway 78, Watson said.

Berger was trying to exit onto U.S. Highway 78 when he crashed his car in a wooded area, deputies said.

Berger then struggled with deputies who tried to arrest him, resulting in a deputy jolting him with a Taser stun gun, according to an incident report.

Berger was treated at Trident Medical Center and later lodged in the Charleston County jail, the report stated.

Berger has four previous convictions on public drunkenness charges, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.