COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A 31-year-old North Charleston man faces 10 years in federal prison after being found guilty of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Fred Frazier was convicted by a jury at trial Monday on charges that stem from an incident on Aug. 20, 2008. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Frazier was arrested by North Charleston police narcotics unit officers while investigating a drug deal which resulted in a car chase.
"In trying to arrest this defendant, (police) were fighting with an armed man at 3 in the morning, off the side of the road, not knowing where his compatriot was and not knowing if someone else was in the woods armed with a gun," U.S. Attorney William Nettles said.
Detectives were investigating a drug deal at 3 a.m. and noticed that two people occupying a 1994 Plymouth Acclaim were wearing masks over their faces. When they approached the car it took off without headlights at a rapid pace.
A marked patrol car came upon the vehicle as it sped up to 70 mph. When the Plymouth reached a sharp turn it lost control, ran off of the road, hit a tree head on and ended up in the woods.
Two men were seen in the car. One of the suspects got out of the car, but as an officer tried to tase him, he ran into the woods. Frasier also tried to get out, but was approached by police and after a struggle he was arrested.
Frasier was wearing gloves and was reaching for a black ski mask on the floor, which revealed a loaded handgun, with its hammer pulled back, as though ready to fire.
A silver .22 revolver was found in his right front pocket. It was loaded with hollow point ammunition. Police found two additional firearms in the woods.
The passenger of the vehicle was not identified, but the car was stolen and had been hot wired, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.