2 charged following car chase

Rashad Gregory (left) and Shane Darcell Jenkins

Two men were arrested late Monday on charges that they evaded troopers amid a high-speed pursuit, only to later crash their car in downtown Charleston.

Rashad Gregory, 22, and Shane Darcell Jenkins, 23, were jailed on one count each of party to a crime in connection with the police chase. Troopers were unsure about who was driving the sedan.

Cpl. Bob Beres, a spokesman for the S.C. Highway Patrol, said that around 10:30 p.m., a trooper saw a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta speeding on eastbound Interstate 26, just north of Dorchester Road, in North Charleston.

"A pursuit ensued and lasted about 16 minutes," Beres said. "But the trooper lost sight of the vehicle."

The chase wound into Mount Pleasant, then back into Charleston. Beres didn't know how fast the black Volkswagen was traveling as it eluded troopers.

Sometime later in the evening, the car crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of Nassau and Stuart streets near the Septima P. Clark Parkway. No other vehicles were involved, and no one was hurt.

Beres didn't rule out additional charges after investigators determine who was driving.

Both Gregory and Jenkins have previous arrests on charges of cocaine possession.

"That entire incident is under investigation," Beres said. "What each person is going to be charged with is still under investigation."

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