SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD)- A man is facing multiple charges after he reportedly kidnapped a woman and then led deputies on a high-speed chase through Berkeley County on Saturday.
According to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), deputies were dispatched to the area of N Main Street near the I-26 Westbound on-ramp around 5:40 p.m. to look for a vehicle involved in an alleged kidnapping incident.
A BSCO incident report states that an individual at Walmart in Summerville called 911 after witnessing “a male subject drag a female subject into the passenger seat of the vehicle.”
A Summerville PD report further clarifies that the suspect–later identified as Montarius Lamont Kelley– took the victim from Columbia before stopping at Walmart in Summerville to use the restroom. Upon exiting the business, Kelley reportedly noticed that police were on scene, “pulled [the victim] back inside the vehicle, then took off at a high rate of speed.”
BCSO deputies observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle’s description driving “erratically” and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
A brief pursuit ensued heading northbound on S. Live Oak Drive “reaching speeds upwards of 110 mph” and ended when the vehicle crashed into a ditch on Black Tom Road near State Road.
The victim was able to exit the vehicle safely and was escorted back to her residence.
Kelley was arrested and charged with Failure to Stop for Blue Light and Kidnapping.
He is being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center on a $150,000 bond.