A man wanted on drug charges sped away from an attempted traffic stop, struck a parked car and then plowed into a North Charleston townhouse early Wednesday, police say.
North Charleston police officers tried to pull over a Buick LeSabre on Dorchester Road for speeding about 3 a.m., said Spencer Pryor, department public information officer.
The car kept going onto Apartment Boulevard when the driver lost control of the vehicle, struck a parked car and then crashed into the building at Wedgewood Townhouses. The house sustained damage to the front wall and water damage from broken water pipes. A second residence also sustained water damage and a small hole in a living room wall, Pryor said.
The driver ran from the scene but was found by police inside a nearby townhouse, Pryor said.
Police recovered a scale and several small bags of marijuana, he said.
Officers charged Terrell John Nelson, 22, of Charleston with failure to stop for blue lights and siren, leaving the scene of an accident with a fixed structure, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana near a school.
Pryor said Nelson also had active warrants for unrelated drug charges with North Charleston Police and other agencies.
Nelson has multiple convictions for grand larceny and possession of crack cocaine, according to a State Law Enforcement Division records check.