North Charleston man leads police on chase on interstate ending in crash


A North Charleston man led police on a chase on Interstate 26 until he crashed his car into a light pole and it flipped, according to investigators.

Police arrested Donald Rickenbacker, 48, of Oakridge Drive, on Thursday night and charged him with driving under suspension, third offense, and failure to stop for blue lights and sirens.

Rickenbacker was speeding and driving erratically on I-26 at around 9 p.m., according to an incident report. Police tried to pull him over while it was stopped at a red light on Tanger Outlet Boulevard, the report stated.

Rickenbacker did not listen to the police officer and drove through the traffic light, according to the report. He drove through more traffic lights and got on Interstate 526, police said.

While driving about 65 mph, Rickenbacker crashed into a light pole, which sent the car in the air, and landed on its roof, according to police.

Rickenbacker told police he didn’t stop because his license was suspended, the report stated. He was taken to Medical University Hospital for injuries sustained during the crash. Friday morning he was jailed at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

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