Deputies in high-speed chase through multiple counties

(Bill Burr/WCIV)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Mount Pleasant police were involved in a high-speed chase that ended up involving multiple agencies.

Mt. Pleasant police officials said they were involved in the chase that began late Thursday morning. Charleston County Dispatch officials said the chase began near the intersection of Highway 17 and Oakland Market.

Officials said the chase began after the driver failed to stop for reckless driving and evaded the patrol officer. The driver of the car led police up Highway 17 to Highway 41 and into Berkeley County, where the chase was handed off.

Charleston County deputies said they were assisting the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office in the chase, but officials believe they lost sight of the suspect vehicle.

Capt. Rick Ollic with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said that while Mt. Pleasant police started the chase, it was called off once they lost sight of the suspect vehicle. He said police gave BCSO deputies a general area where the suspect was last seen off Steed Creek Road.

Ollic said they are also still looking for the suspects who may be on foot until they are certain the car is empty.

Mount Pleasant police said investigators are working still to determine the identity of the driver. Residents near where the car was found said a familiar face knocked on their doors and asked for a place to hide.

"For him to knock on my door to me was not unusual until he started acting all psycho, and I was like, 'Oh my God,'" said a woman who didn't want her name to be used.

She said a neighbor who lives down the street came to her home in the Timilstone Community of Berkeley County and asked to come inside.

"You know I didn't think anything of it. He was knocking on my door until he came into the house and started acting all freaky," said the woman.

Her husband arrived home and saw the unwanted guest.

"And he just told me, 'Don't worry about it. Don't worry about it. Just let me stay here. Just let me stay here.' And I said, 'No. I want to know what's going on here.' That's when he started talking about the drugs in his pocket and all that. That's when I said you have to get out of my house and leave. I don't need the cops down here harassing me," said the man.

The couple says their neighbor took off after trying to hide in their house. They didn't know he was on the run.

Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies found the suspect's car stuck in the mud on Green Bay Road. This is where they think he drove to after speeding away from Mount Pleasant. Investigators canvassed the heavily wooded area. For now, the suspect's neighbors hope detectives can catch him.

"He's out here flying down these roads running from police earlier. He could have gotten in an accident, could have hurt or killed all kind of people. There's no sense in that," said the man.

Detectives haven't released the suspect's name, but neighbors said he has a troubled past.