Mount Pleasant man charged in West Ashley hit-and-run crash

Michael Barber, 50, of Mount Pleasant, is charged in connection with a hit-and-run collision in West Ashley on Wednesday, Charleston police said.

A 50-year-old Mount Pleasant man is charged in connection with a hit-and-run collision in West Ashley and accused of leading police on a chase after crashing his vehicle a second time, authorities said.

Michael Barber of London Bridge Road is charged with failure to stop for blue lights, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, Charleston police said.

A 52-year-old Charleston man told police he was stopped for a red light at Savannah Highway and Stocker Drive Wednesday when a Chevy Yukon slammed into his car from behind shortly before 8 p.m. The impact pushed the man’s car into the intersection.

The driver who caused the crash drove off, but a witness got the sport utility vehicle’s description and license plate number, police said.

Officers spotted the SUV in downtown Charleston and the driver tried to evade them, police said. He crashed the SUV and ran off but was captured a short time later, according an incident report.

The man whose car was struck complained of soreness but declined to be transported to a hospital, police said.

Barber was awaiting trial on an April charge of driving under the influence at the time of Wednesday’s incident, court records show.