Man in stolen pickup truck leads police on high-speed chase

A 47-year-old man tried to outdrive North Charleston police in a stolen pickup truck Saturday morning and lost.

Gerry Gadsden was taken into custody after leading authorities on a chase that began in North Charleston and ended in West Ashley, said North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor.

The pursuit started when police pulled over the suspect shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday in North Charleston.

Police said the stop was initiated because the red Ford F-350 pickup Gadsden was driving had just stolen a utility trailer from the Pine Crest Apartments on McMillian Avenue.

As Gadsden left the apartment complex, the trailer became unhitched, Pryor said.

That’s when the driver failed to stop for officers and the pursuit began.

It ended in West Ashley on U.S. Highway 17 and Bluewater Way.

The suspect has been taken into custody.

Pryor estimated the chase lasted was between 10-15 minutes.

He also said either six or seven North Charleston police vehicles were involved in the pursuit.

Along with the trailer, the truck the suspect was driving had been reported stolen several days ago in North Charleston, police said.

Gadsden is charged with failure to stop for blue lights, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, grand larceny, third-offense driving under suspension and habitual offender.

Along with North Charleston Police, units from Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and Charleston Police Department arrived on scene.

Officials said Gadsden was wanted for similar thefts by local jurisdictions, including Mount Pleasant and the Charleston County.

He is expected to have a bond hearing this weekend.

Reach Caitlin Byrd at 843-937-5590 or at Twitter.com/MaryCaitlinByrd.