Two men were arrested late Monday on charges that they managed to evade troopers amid a high-speed pursuit only to later crash their car in downtown Charleston.
Rashad Gregory, 22, and Shane Jenkins, 21, 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 South Carolina Highway Patrol, said that around 10:30 p.m., a trooper saw a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta speeding at Mile Marker 214 on eastbound Interstate 26, which is 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 Volkswagen was traveling as it eluded troopers.
Sometime later in the evening, according to Beres, the car crashed at the intersection of Nassau and Stuart streets near the Crosstown Expressway.
There were no further details about the chase or the crash. Beres didn't rule out additional charges in the incident when investigators determine who was driving.
"That entire incident is under investigation," he said. "What each person is going to be charged with is still under investigation."