Man wanted on domestic violence charges leads North Charleston police on 119-mph chase

Rondell Robert Washington, 26, of Carondolet Street in downtown Charleston was wanted on domestic violence charges Sunday when North Charleston police officers said he led them on a high-speed pursuit to the Moncks Corner area.

A 26-year-old man wanted on charges that he beat up his girlfriend led North Charleston police officers on a high-speed chase that ended Sunday near Moncks Corner, according to incident reports.

Rondell Robert Washington of Carondolet Street in downtown Charleston had been wanted since April 30, when the Charleston Police Department said he went to visit his daughter and girlfriend on Orange Branch Road in West Ashley.

During the meeting, his girlfriend told the police that she started looking through his cellphone and asking about other women he had been talking with, a report stated.

An argument turned into a fight when he started hitting her head, according to the report. Washington then pulled out a handgun and fired a round into the apartment wall before losing control of the firearm and dropping it, the police said.

The woman, 21, and her daughter were not struck by the gunshot.

Washington continued to punch the woman's head and kick her back, the police said. She then went outside and stabbed three tires of his Dodge Charger with a kitchen knife, according to the report.

He left in the Dodge before police officers showed up. The car was found later on Kent Avenue in North Charleston.

Warrants were issued for Washington's arrest on charges of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, possessing a firearm during a violent crime and ill treatment of a child.

A Charleston police officer was trying to serve those warrants around 4 p.m. Sunday at the Money Man Pawn at 2030 Remount Road when Washington fled in a white Ford Explorer, according to a North Charleston Police Department report.

The Ford entered westbound Interstate 26. It hit 119 mph as it weaved through traffic and traveled on the shoulder, the report stated.

The SUV exited the highway and entered northbound U.S. Highway 17A.

As the Ford neared deputies from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, it finally stopped on South Live Oak Drive southwest of Moncks Corner, the police said.

The North Charleston officers pulled Washington from the SUV at gunpoint, and he was later jailed.

A charge of failure to stop for blue lights was added to his previous counts, and Washington remained held Monday in lieu of $90,000 bail.

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