NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Newly released dash camera video shows a high speed chase in North Charleston that ended with a truck crashing into a concrete pillar and a police officer nearly getting run over by another motorist.
It all started on the afternoon of Dec. 29, when police say they spotted a white pick-up truck matching the description of a vehicle involved in a counterfeiting incident.
While attempting to perform a traffic stop, police say the vehicle took off, leading officers on a high speed chase that reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour while running multiple red lights.
Dash camera video shows the chase coming to an end after the vehicle lost control and plowed into a concrete pillar off the road on Dorchester Manor Blvd. An officer who was following in his vehicle attempted to put on the brakes, but ended up hitting the car.
Police say one of the suspects, 19-year-old Ivan Coaxum tried, to run away, but was caught by officers. Video also shows that one of the police officers nearly gets hit by a motorist following the wreck.
Police arrested Coaxum, 19-year-old Zachary Aiken, 19-year-old Jamal Harris-Nelson, and 20-year-old Tyvon Walker and charged them with possession with intent to distribute schedule II drugs. Coaxum, the driver of the vehicle, has been charged with failure to stop for blue lights and driving under suspension.
Officers say a search of the vehicle uncovered a plastic baggie in the middle console containing 118 Oxycodone Hydrochloride pills. A search of Walker found $1073 in cash and two cell phones.
The four suspects were taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated following the wreck before being transported to the Charleston County Detention Center.
North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said the department would be reviewing the tape to see if officers violated any policies.