NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Police in North Charleston this week arrested a man who they say is wanted on human trafficking charges out of Georgia.
According to an incident report, officers with the Gang Intervention Team were conducting a proactive patrol of the Russeldale community on Tuesday, February 5th. While patrolling, officers located a black Buick making a right turn from Rebecca Street onto Rivers Avenue.
During the maneuver, the driver, later identified as 33-year-old Derrick Antonio Grant, crossed three lanes without using proper turn signals. He then crossed lanes again once he realized officers were behind him.
Authorities then attempted a traffic stop along Rivers Avenue near Fuller Street, but Grant immediately accelerated. Reaching speeds of 60 mph, Grant approached a red traffic light near the intersection of Rivers Avenue and Mall Drive where he failed to yield and was struck by an oncoming gold Toyota Camry.
Grant’s vehicle slid sideways through the intersection and came to a stop near a CARTA bus stop next to the Sky May gas station.
The suspect then attempted to exit the vehicle through the passenger side, but officers held him there at gunpoint.
He was eventually extracted from the vehicle and placed on the ground where he ignored multiple commands to stop resisting and to free his hands for officers to place him in custody.
The report states Grant made multiple motions to his sides and waistband while twisting his body around. Unable to control his hands, an officer drew their department-issued taser and fired both probes into the center of his back.
Grant eventually surrendered and uttered that his license was suspended and that he was in possession of cocaine and weed.
The report states he was immediately read – and had acknowledged – his Miranda rights. Both Grant and the victim in the Camry were evaluated by EMS.
The victim was transported to MUSC while Grant was taken to Trident Main on Highway 78.
Once there, officers located approximately 6g of green plant-like material and 0.6g of a white powdered substance in Grant’s sock. The report said each was broken down and packaged individually for distribution.
The contraband field-tested presumptive for THC and cocaine respectively.
Officers say a record and NCIC (National Crime and Information Center) check revealed Grant is wanted on human trafficking charges out of Georgia. It also showed his license was suspended with two prior convictions in the last five years.
A further check revealed Grant has been under active supervision since March of 2018 for narcotics charges.
Both his probation officer and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations were contacted so that arrangements could be made for extradition.
Grant has been charged with failure to signal, failure to stop for blue lights and siren, resisting arrest, having no South Carolina driver’s license, driving under suspension – 3rd offense, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and simple possession of marijuana.
His court date is scheduled for February 27th. Jail records show his bond totaled more than $77,000.