Man faces charges after leading police on a chase in a stolen fire department vehicle

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Berkely County, S.C. (WCBD) — 33-year-old David Lathan is in custody following a lengthy pursuit on Sunday. He is accused of stealing a Charleston Fire Department SUV. The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office charged Lathan with Failure to stop for Blue Lights and Receiving Stolen Goods over $10,000.

Charleston Police Department spokesperson Charles Francis says the truck was reported stolen from Fire Station 13 on Folly Road Sunday morning.

According to reports, Charleston County Consolidated contacted the Goose Creek Police Department about the stolen 2016 Red Ford F250 with City of Charleston Department decals. The truck, which has a black shell camper on the back, was also equipped with GPS tracking.

A Goose Creek Police officer made contact with the truck which was unoccupied at the time and called the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office for assistance. According to reports, a man entered the vehicle and drove away while the officer waiting for back up.

Multiple agencies joined in on a lengthy chase that never reached over 40 mph. The City of Charleston Police Department says Lathan was using the radio transmission inside the stolen truck to make statements about harming himself and others. The pursuit went through North Charleston and ended near King Street and Mount Pleasant Street in the City of Charleston.

Officials say all 4 tires on the vehicle were taken out by stop sticks. David Lathan was taken into custody without incident. He is currently in custody at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center awaiting formal charges.

A background check reveals Lathan has been charged with different crimes several times in the past. He was transported to the hospital for a mental health check.

According to reports, the staff was familiar with Lathan and said he was a meth user. A blood and urine sample tested positive for Methamphetamine.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office confirms Lathan was out on bond for Assault and Battery charges at the time of his latest arrest. 

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