Man, 21, tells police he panicked before speeding away from Mount Pleasant officers


A 21-year-old Mount Pleasant man was arrested Wednesday after he told police that he panicked and sped away from an officer trying to stop his car late last week, according to an incident report.

Tre Lamar Seabrook, 21, of Mathis Ferry Road in Mount Pleasant remained in Charleston County's jail Wednesday afternoon on charges of failing to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension and reckless driving.

His arrest stemmed from an attempted traffic stop around 12:30 a.m. Friday after his Chevrolet Impala almost hit a police cruiser and another car at Mathis Ferry and Bowman roads, according to the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

The sedan sped away at 60 mph in the 35-mph zone and swerved from side to side on Mathis Ferry Road, the report stated.

The pursuing police officer slowed as the Chevrolet made its way to 657 Kent St., where it stopped before its driver got out and ran to the home, according to the report. The officer lost sight of the man.

Police dogs unsuccessfully tried to track down the motorist, but relatives soon identified Seabrook as the driver, the report said.

Seabrook later told investigators during an interview that he had gone to a Circle K gas station for fuel, but that he had left when he saw that it was packed. After he pulled out in front of a police car, Seabrook "panicked" and "just got scared" because he didn't have a valid driver's license and didn't know what to do, according to the document.

Seabrook was allowed to leave after the interview, but he turned himself in Wednesday morning, the police said.

The chase reportedly involving Seabrook came a day after the police said two burglary suspects led officers on a pursuit before crashing their Volkswagen in a traffic circle. One of the men tried to carjack a motorist in a failed bid to get away, the police said.

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