A 28-year-old North Charleston man was arrested late Sunday on charges that he led the police on a brief pursuit with a stolen pickup before running and dropping stolen items and his own cellphone.
Toiquan Ian Eady of Twitty Street faces one count each of failure to stop for blue lights, hindering the police, driving under suspension, improper vehicle license, breaking into a motor vehicle and possessing a stolen vehicle. He also faces three counts of receiving stolen goods.
A North Charleston police officer first spotted a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado around 10 p.m. Sunday turning from Rivers Avenue onto Rebecca Street.
The Chevrolet had a faulty license plate light, according to an incident report. The officer attempted to pull it over but the pickup sped away.
The officer caught up to the Chevrolet on Southern Street, where its driver ran. He was wearing a red T-shirt, red hat and a bandana, the report stated.
Officers didn’t immediately chase the man on foot, but later tracked his escape path.
“We located items that the driver dropped as he ran,” an officer wrote in the report. “We observed several debit-like cards, a social security card and iPod” and Eady’s cellphone.
Other officers responding to the call said they stopped Eady as he rode a pink bicycle on Twitty Street. He was wearing clothes matching the fleeing man’s description, was sweating and had scrapes on his hands, the report stated.
And the bike had just been stolen from a woman’s Rebecca Street home, the police said.
In Eady’s pockets, the officers found two nut fasteners and a Husky socket wrench attachment that matched a set left in the pickup, which also contained a pair of black gloves and power tools.
The license plate that officers found on the pickup belonged on a vehicle at the Crews Subaru dealership on Rivers Avenue, the police reported.
At the dealership, investigators found the gate to the collision center had been broken. The nuts and bolts holding it together were missing, according to an incident report.
Surveillance video showed a man breaking into the dealership and taking a license plate off one pickup, then affixing it to the Chevrolet that Eady is accused of driving.
About 20 minutes later, according to reports, Eady had the run-in with the police.
In reports, police officers noted that they knew Eady as someone “involved with stolen vehicles.”
Eady has convictions from an August 2010 arrest on charges of breaking into a motor vehicle, grand larceny of a motor vehicle and second-degree burglary.
He also has pending cases stemming from a June arrest on counts of strong-arm robbery and possessing a stolen vehicle, and from an August arrest on charges of receiving stolen goods and possessing a stolen vehicle.
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