2 remain jailed after crashing car into Coast Guard gate

Christopher Coward (left), James Deese (right)

The two men who crashed the Coast Guard gate with a car that was reported stolen remained in jail after a bond hearing Monday.

The bond for Christopher Coward, 22, of Belton was set at $35,000. He was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and failure to stop for a blue light.

The bond for 20-year-old James Deese, who was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, was set at $15,000.

Both men are being held until they can be taken back to Lexington County.

About 1 a.m. Sunday, the men fled when Charleston police tried to check the car they were driving, which was reported stolen in Lexington county. Reaching the Coast Guard base at the end of Tradd Street, Coward crashed the car through the gate and the pair jumped out. They were found hiding under a dock and taken to jail.

The gate was secured with a temporary fence Monday pending the arrival of a part to fix it.