Hit and run leads to vehicle pursuit, recovery of stolen weapons

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JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – On October 28, just before 8:00 p.m., deputies responded to a call of a hit and run on Wadmalaw Island, according to Public Information Officer Roger Antonio.  

While patrolling for the suspect, a deputy located the suspects vehicle, occupied by the driver and one passenger, in the area of Brownswood Road near Maybank Highway on Johns Island.  The deputy attempted a traffic stop but the suspect fled, according to the news release.  

The pursuit continued through Johns Island until the vehicle stopped at which point the driver fled on foot. Then the passenger jumped into the driver’s seat and fled in the vehicle, Antonio added.  

The pursuit proceeded until deputies successfully deployed Stop Sticks and the vehicle came to a stop, and the driver surrendered.   
Authorities stated that during the pursuit a rifle was thrown out of the vehicle. Deputies located the rifle, along with a handgun that was inside the vehicle which both were reported stolen.

During the chase, the suspect also collided into other motorists, Antonio added.  The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating those subsequent collisions.  The suspect was transported to a hospital for reported injuries and was released.  No other injuries were reported by other motorists.  

Timothy Rashad Thompson, 17, of North Charleston, is charged with Leaving the Scene of a Collision with an Occupied Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Blue Lights, two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, two counts of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number 
The investigation is active, pending information on the original driver.  

Anybody with information is asked to call the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office at 843-202-1700 or Crimestoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

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