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Man charged for drugs, assaulting deputy after Charleston chase and crash Saturday | VIDEO

Nicodemus Rainey (Al Cannon Detention Center)

A man is in jail on multiple charges, including for drugs and assaulting a law enforcement officer, after the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says he led deputies on a lengthy car chase before crashing into an innocent bystander’s car Saturday night.

Nicodemus Rainey, 32, is charged with failure to stop for blue lights, leaving the scene of a wreck with injuries, assaulting a police officer, trafficking MDMA, and possession of both cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday, a deputy tried to stop the Rainey for suspicion of DUI near the Cosgrove Avenue exit on I-26, when deputies say Rainey sped off.

A long chase ensued, traveling down Cosgrove to Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, off and back onto Highway 61 through two subdivisions, and then onto Magnolia Road. There, deputies say Rainey hit a car that was crossing the road at 5th Avenue, winding up in a ditch before jumping out of the truck and running.

A deputy reports chasing Rainey for nearly 200 yards before catching him in the backyard of a home on Davidson Avenue.

After reportedly seeing Rainey reach for his waistband several times while running, the deputy feared Rainey was armed, and tried to stun him with his taser.

According to an incident report, the deputy said the taser didn’t have a full effect, so he was forced into a physical struggle with Rainey in an attempt to arrest him.

The deputy says he was elbowed in jaw, and that Rainey kept reaching for his waistband throughout the struggle. While trying to restrain Rainey, the deputy says he thought he felt a gun in Rainey’s pants.

A second deputy with K9 arrived as backup, at which time Rainey was finally arrested. Deputies did not report finding a gun after taking Rainey into custody.

During the struggle, the deputy reports Rainey pulled out a clear plastic baggie full of blue and white tablets, later identified as Ecstasy, and put them in his mouth.

After Rainey was restrained, the deputy found on the ground where they had been struggling five more clear plastic bags containing Ecstasy tablets.

At Rainey’s truck, deputies reportedly found a small bag of white powder that tested positive for cocaine, and small bag of green plant material believed to be marijuana.

Deputies also later found a digital scale alongside the road where a deputy earlier reported seeing something being thrown from the truck during the pursuit.

Rainey and the driver of the car he allegedly hit were both taken to MUSC for evaluation after the wreck. A woman in the truck with Rainey during the wreck was checked at the scene by EMS, and released. She was not charged.

Rainey remains in jail at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

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