Man who stole Charleston Fire SUV said he had “spiritual permission”

Radio released

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Count on 2 has obtained radio transmission from the cross-county police chase involving a stolen Charleston Fire SUV.

The suspect, 33-year-old David Lathan is charged with stealing the vehicle from a James Island Fire Station back in mid-February.

During the pursuit, Lathan was active on the truck’s radio transmission speaking with consolidated dispatch and what appears to be crisis negotiators.

We listened to the various channels breaking down what happened that day.

He repeatedly told dispatch he had “spiritual permission” from President Trump to steal that truck and said he was trying to return it.

Lathan also called himself a martyr.

“I would like all officers to know, behind me, that I have spiritual authority and if they try and spiritual things with me there will be severe consequences for the spiritual aspects of it,” he said.

He went on to say: “I am being attacked spiritually now – so I want to let them know that I will be a martyr today.”

During that pursuit, Lathan said he didn’t intend to hurt anyone, but that he was tired of people hurting him.

He had a lengthy arrest record and tested positive for methamphetamine at the time of his arrest.

He remains in custody at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center.


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