Motorcycle chase injures pedestrian, sends woman to ER

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say the passenger of a motorcycle suffered severe injuries following a chase in downtown where a pedestrian was also injured.

The Charleston Police Department charged 26-year-old Nicholas M. Milak with reckless driving, failure to stop for blue light, no drivers license and no vehicle license.

Around 12:14 a.m. on Friday, a police officer was parked at the First Citizens Bank on 317 Meeting Street when he said he saw Milak on a red Ducati motorcycle stop at a traffic signal.

The officer said Milak stopped for 10 seconds at the light, revved up the motorcycle's engine and then drove down Calhoun Street.

Police say the officer attempted to stop the motorcycle, but the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed, disregarded a traffic signal and turned on Saint Phillip Street.

As the officer searched for the motorcycle, he found a man in the middle of the road along with a skateboard. The victim said he was struck in the right leg by the motorcycle.

The officer then found a trail of what appeared to be oil from the motorcycle leading north on Saint Phillip Street, but was unable to find the suspect and returned to the victim. EMS crews then responded to check on the victim.

Several minutes later, officers found the motorcycle in the area of Saint Phillip and Line streets.  A police report states that Milak's motorcycle struck a parked car on the street, which damaged the front end of Milak's vehicle and the driver's side door panels of the car.

Officers found Milak and his passenger, a woman, in the area of the motorcycle. Milak told officers that he was the person that police were looking for.

Milak said that his left foot had been injured in the incident and was transported to Roper Hospital.

The woman was also transported to the hospital for injuries to the left side of her body and is currently at MUSC's trauma center. Doctors say that the woman suffered spine injuries, a clavicle fracture, a deep elbow cut that required surgery and a small air leak in the top of her left lung.

Milak was locked up at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

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