Man arrested on gun, drug charges after running from police

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police arrested a man for gun and drug charges after drove his car into several other vehicles then ran from police early Thursday morning.

Charleston police were on patrol in the area of America and Stuart Streets in reference to numerous complaints of narcotics activity and weapons violations. During their patrol, they observed 22-year-old Robert Lee Lane driving suspiciously in that area.

Police initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued driving and made several turns before accelerating quickly. While accelerating, the car's tires screeched and the car turned sharply onto Johnson Street from Hanover Street.

As a result, the car sped out of control and struck two parked vehicles. Lane's car then came to a stop and he got out and ran south through a housing complex on Harris Street.

Two police officers began to give chase on foot and observed Lane remove a black object, which officers believed to be a handgun, from his waistband and throw it to the ground behind a trash can on Harris Street.

Backup officers were able to catch up with Lane and the responding officers and they detained him after a brief struggle. Officers returned to the spot where they believed Lane threw a gun and retrieved a 9 mm handgun loaded with nine live rounds.

Lane was placed under arrest for failure to stop for blue lights, unlawful carrying of a firearm and resisting arrest.

After conducting a search of Lane, officers found a yellow plastic bag containing two white rock like substances in the pocket of his jean shorts. The items were determined to be cocaine.

Officers were also advised by dispatch that the firearm was stolen. Police also conducted a DMV check, which showed that Lane had a prior conviction for driving under suspension.

Lane was treated for minor injuries at MUSC and released into police custody. he was then transported to the Charleston County Detention Center and charged with unlawful possession of a stolen hand gun, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and resisting arrest.

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