Man charged with DUI after morning chase

Jason Wingate

A 23-year-old Summerville man was arrested this morning after a car was chased by Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies in the College Park Road area.

About 5 a.m., a deputy traveling west on Interstate 26 between the Ashley Phosphate Road and U.S. Highway 78 exits clocked a car coming up behind him at 89 mph in a 65 mph zone. The deputy tried to pull the car over, but the driver kept going, increasing his speed to 90 mph and swerving over all three lanes of the highway, according to an incident report.

The driver took the College Park Road exit and led the deputy on a nine-minute pursuit through several neighborhoods, before winding up in a trailer park, where the driver bailed out, leaving the car running. The deputy caught the driver after a short foot chase.

While taking an inventory of the driver’s car, deputies found a 32-inch Samsung television, an HP computer monitor, a wireless USB adapter and a Bluetooth keyboard case, the incident report said. The driver told deputies he had stolen the items from a Walmart store, the report said.

Deputies also found an empty mini-bottle of wine in the car. The driver later took a breath test and blew a 0.013 percent blood alcohol content, the report said.

Jason Thomas Wingate, of Cindy Lane, is charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension and failure to stop for blue lights and sirens. He was being held in the Cannon Detention Center pending a bond hearing.