Driver charged for crashing into telephone pole, tree during chase

Terrod Alexander Richardson
Terrod Alexander Richardson

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police have charged a 22-year-old man following a car chase in North Charleston where investigators say the man crashed his car into a telephone pole and tree on Rivers Avenue on Tuesday.

The North Charleston Police Department charged Terrod Alexander Richardson with driving under suspension, violation of habitual offender and leaving the scene of an accident.

On Tuesday, officers saw a silver Chrysler with a broken center break light make a left turn from Railroad Avenue onto Stokes Road. Police say when the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, Richardson accelerated down Stokes Road towards Rivers Avenue.

A police report states that Richardson then ran a red light and made a left turn on Rivers Avenue where he accelerated the car to 70 to 80 mph while weaving in and out of traffic wildly.

Police say Richardson then lost control of the car, knocked over a telephone pole and struck a palm tree. The broken light pole then caused several power lines to hang down over Rivers Avenue.

According to authorities, Richardson was seen running from the accident towards Aviation Avenue. As the officer was maneuvering around traffic, a low hanging power line struck the top portion of his wind shield.

The officer then caught Richardson before Aviation Avenue. The officer also noticed that the light bar on his patrol car had been ripped off of the vehicle and was found in the middle lane of Rivers Avenue.

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