Report shows domestic dispute sparked chase, barricade incident

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) - Details released Thursday show a man who barricaded himself in a Mount Pleasant home started the ordeal in what police believe was a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.

Police arrested Andrew Niehus after they say he barricaded himself in a Crowne Point neighborhood home for nearly five hours.

Police reports show the incident started at a home of the Isle of Palms where he lives with his girlfriend and her two children. According to the reports, Niehus showed up drunk and was told he could not come in.

So he tried to kick in the door, the report states.

Based on information police gathered from Niehus' girlfriend, he was angry and drunk. She threatened to call police and he left.

The reports state patrol officers spotted Niehus driving a white SUV near the Isle of Palms Connector a short time later and tried to stop him. That's when he sped away at speeds near 100 mpg, according to police.

Along the way, he allegedly hit several cars.

The chase ended in Mount Pleasant where police say he barricaded himself in the Diamond Avenue home. Homeowners said Niehus was locked in a bedroom and there was a gun in the home.

Niehus came out of the house around midnight and was arrested.

Niehus' girlfriend said she did not want to press domestic violence charges, the reports show, but Isle of Palms police filed the charges anyway because she called 911.

Niehus was also charged with failure to stop for blue lights and reckless driving. Mount Pleasant police have not announced any additional charges.