NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 31-year-old North Charleston man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for a high speed chase in which weapons were found in the man's car.
Fred Alashawn Frasier was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison without parole followed by three years of supervised release. Frasier had been convicted at trial earlier this year of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Testimony at trial and information presented at sentencing by the Assistant United States Attorney established that on August 20, 2008, at around 3 a.m. in the morning, narcotics unit officers from the North Charleston Police Department were investigating a drug dealer and were conducting surveillance on his home on Islesworth Way in North Charleston.
As officers pulled over to the left side of Islesworth Way in order to park a short distance from the target house, the officers noticed a 1994 Plymouth Acclaim. One of the detectives noticed that the people in the car were acting suspiciously and saw that the driver was wearing a mask.
The detective concluded that Robinson's house was possibly the target of a home invasion crew. He returned to his truck and the detectives drove off. As the detectives drove by, one of them looked over at the two occupants in the front seat of the car and saw them crouching down, apparently trying to conceal themselves.
The police drove by the Plymouth and turned around for a safer approach. As they did this, and approached the Plymouth, it took off without headlights, and at a rapid pace. A high speed chase ensued.
Ultimately, a marked unit came upon the pursued vehicle as it fled down Patriots Boulevard. The driver of the Plymouth cut on his lights and sped up to 70 miles an hour. When the Plymouth reached a sharp, hairpin turn, it, lost control, ran off of the road and crashed head on into a tree on the edge of a wooded area.
An officer quickly got out of his patrol unit and when he reached the Plymouth, he saw a person climb out of the driver's side window and run towards the rear of the wrecked car.
The officer attempted to use his Taser on the suspect but it did not work and the person ran off through the woods.
In the meantime, the detectives in the truck arrived and as they came near the Plymouth, authorities noticed that Frasier was moving from the driver's side to the passenger's side in the front of the car.
When officers attempted to detain him, a struggle ensued and Frasier tried to get back into the car. One of the officers noticed that Frasier was wearing gloves and that he was reaching for a black ski mask on the floor. The suspect moved the mask, revealing a loaded handgun, with its hammer pulled back, as though ready to fire. Frasier was subdued after being tasered.
A silver North American Arms .22 revolver with silver duct tape wrapped around the handle was found in his right front pocket. It was loaded with 5 Super X .22 caliber rounds. The firearm under the mask was a black Rossi .38 caliber Special Revolver with a broken firing pin. It was loaded with 5 rounds of .38 special ammunition.
The police found two more firearms in the woods.
United States Attorney William N. Nettle said that the case was investigated by the North Charleston Police Department as well as agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Nettles commended the detectives and officers and Assistant U.S. Attorney that worked the case, stating, "This case is another great example of federal law enforcement working together with local police to make our communities safer."
Assistant United States Attorney Sean Kittrell of the Charleston office prosecuted the case.