CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The man police say led officers on a brief chase onto the Ravenel Bridge before jumping into the harbor below offered cocaine to an officer first.
After searching for days, the man's body washed up. On Monday, the coroner's office identified the man as 19-year-old Brandon Curtis, of Hanahan. His body was found Friday, officials said.
According to a police report, the unnamed man put down his car's window around 5:30 a.m. and made several incoherent statements to an officer. When the officer approached, the report states he could hear the man said, "Want to do some lines, some lines of coke, man?"
The report states the man held up a clear plastic bag with a white powder in it.
Then he sped away up East Bay Street towards the bridge, the report states. As the man drove onto the bridge, he reportedly threw several small bags out of the car.
The report states the officer backed off because of the speed the other man was driving. The man came to a stop at the top of the bridge, the report states, got out of his car, climbed over the barrier to the pedestrian walkway and then over the railing before jumping off into the water below.
Charleston police harbor patrol, North Charleston harbor patrol, Mt. Pleasant harbor patrol and Charleston County Rescue are searching the water for the motorist.
Two lanes of the bridge headed to Mt. Pleasant were closed until around 8 a.m.