Driver arrested following police pursuit in N. Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police arrested a 30-year-old man following a car chase in North Charleston Sunday night.

The North Charleston Police Department charged Brian Vincent Johnson with failure to stop for blue lights and possession of a stolen handgun.

A police officer was patrolling a parking lot on Rivers Avenue when he saw a Dodge Charger with illegal window tint leaving the lot. The officer says that when he turned onto Ashley Phosphate Road, the Charger was speeding off.

A police report states that when the officer initiated a traffic stop, the vehicle accelerated and sped through a stop sign at Stafford Drive and Dunlap Street and turned into a trailer park.

Authorities say when the Charger made an abrupt stop, Johnson jumped out of the driver side and began running towards Summit Place apartments. Another man also jumped out of the passenger side and began running towards I-26.

A K-9 was then released to engage Johnson. Police say Johnson was able to get over a fence after the K-9 had bit him on his left thigh.

The officer said he saw a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun which was reported stolen out of Spartanburg. Johnson was found hiding behind a sign near Canes Chicken.

Johnson was treated for his wounds and locked up.

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