CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston Police say that three juveniles have been charged after a stolen vehicle crashes at the intersection of Orleans Road and Sam Rittenberg Boulevard in West Ashley.
One is charged with failure to stop for blue lights, resisting arrest, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle – the other juvenile occupants were charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
On July 17, at around 6:41 P.M., a Charleston Police officer was conducting traffic enforcement in the area of Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and the Cosgrove Bridge. While on traffic duty, the officer observed a blue Ford F-150 truck with about four occupants.
In a marked cruiser, the officer drove onto Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and the Ford truck began to make multiple lane change to traverse traffic. The officer was able to get behind the truck, ran its tags and received an NCIC alert confirming the truck had been stolen out of Mount Pleasant.
The officer then attempted to stop the stolen vehicle at the intersection of Ashley Hall an Ashley River Roads, but the vehicle did not stop and a chase ensued.
Driving recklessly at a high rate of speed, the driver subsequently crashed in front of Citadel Mall.
After the crash, all four occupants fled from the accident on foot and CPD officers ran after them.
The driver was found attempting to climb into a dumpster and was detained. The two other occupants were detained in the same area.
All three suspects were juveniles.
Officers began to canvas the area and located the fourth occupant who was detained as well.
NCPD conducted a K9 search and found a 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistol.
An officer ran the gun through NCIC and was alerted that the gun was stolen.
After searching the vehicle, officers found a clear plastic bag containing a substance described as green and leafy, the substance was identified as marijuana.
Two of the suspects were taken to Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and the other two were taken to MUSC.
The stolen vehicle was towed and repossessed.
No charges were filed in regards to the pistol as none of the suspects took ownership of it – CPD will submit the firearm and marijuana into evidence for fingerprinting and testing.
The entire incident was captured on police body cameras.
CPD Sergeant Elisabeth Wolfsen says that two other vehicles were involved which resulted in multiple people being taken to nearby hospital for minor injuries.
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