Police chase ends in church’s lot

North Charleston police officers put Peter Jenkins, 52, of Heathwood Drive in Charleston, into a patrol car after he led them on a chase from North Charleston to West Ashley on Tuesday.

A man who led officers on a chase from North Charleston to West Ashley on Tuesday afternoon was driving without a license and tried to run over a woman the night before, according to police.

The chase ended after officers blocked off the car in a church parking lot.

Peter Jenkins, 52, of Heathwood Drive in Charleston was charged with second-offense driving under suspension and failure to stop for blue lights, North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

Charleston police charged Jenkins with aggravated assault. That charge stems from a report that he hit his ex-girlfriend with his car in West Ashley on Monday night.

Tuesday’s chase began around 1:45 p.m. when officers tried to pull over a man considered a possible suspect in an attempted murder case and he fled, Pryor said. The man was driving an off-white late-model Kia Amanti.

Readers reported seeing 15 to 20 cruisers following the car, as well as two police helicopters. Charleston County sheriff’s deputies and Charleston police assisted North Charleston police in the pursuit.

The chase began at Spruill Avenue and Burton Lane in North Charleston, jumped onto Interstate 526 and wound around to S.C. Highway 61 and the area around the Citadel Mall.

The chase ended shortly after 2 p.m. when the driver ran out of room in a church parking lot on Wappoo Road and surrendered. The right front tire of the car ended up on a sidewalk just a few feet from the bricks of First Baptist Church of St. Andrews Parish. The car was facing the street, as if the driver had been trying to turn around and run out of room.

Officers determined that the driver was not the suspect wanted in the attempted murder, Pryor said. No one was injured and no accidents resulted from the chase, he said.

Concerning the aggravated assault charge, Jenkins and his ex-girlfriend started arguing after she got out of the same car at Ashley Hall Road and North Woodmere Drive about 10 p.m. Monday, according to a Charleston police report. Jenkins drove off, turned around and ran the car into the woman while she was walking on the sidewalk, according to the report. Her clothes were ripped and her skin was scraped up. She was taken to Medical University Hospital for treatment.

Glenn Smith contributed to this story. Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553 or twitter.com/dmunday.