$35K bond for stolen car suspect from multi-county chase

The stolen Equinox.
The stolen Equinox.
Quinley appears in bond court.
Quinley appears in bond court.

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - US Marshals arrested a man over the weekend accused of leading deputies on a chase through two counties last week after stealing a SUV.

According to the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, Jacob Quinley's bond was set at $35,000.

At 8:30 a.m., the Charleston County Sheriff's Office was contacted by Dorchester County deputies during a chase which had entered Charleston County.

Major John Garrison with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office said the suspect bailed on the stolen SUV last Monday after he wrecked it on Hyde Park Road, near Ravenel, and ran into the woods.

K9 units and a helicopter were called to the scene but the suspect was not found. Authorities said the SUV, a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox reported stolen in Dorchester County, rolled several times during the wreck.

The owner of the SUV said she just bought it last week.

"It makes you cry, five days and you just got a new car," Gay Whitehead said. The thief drove right across Whitehead's lawn and rove away.

Whitehead was determined to find her car and jumped into a friend's car and followed the suspect. She says followed the suspect but had to stop after deputies called her and told her to stop.

Deputies continued the pursuit which ended when the suspect crashed the vehicle. Authorities say the suspect was able to get out of the vehicle and run.

"I want them to find him," Whitehead said. "I want to know why he did it. I don't want him hurt. I mean I'm not that cold of a person, but I'm mad."

The suspect is described as a white male with light brown hair and between 20 and 30 years old.

Colleton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ted Stanfield said the chase went through Dorchester and Colleton counties before ending in Charleston County, but Dorchester County authorities later said that was not true.

They said the suspect drove very close to the Colleton County line, but never actually ventured into the county.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office at (843) 832-0300 or the Charleston County Sheriff's Office at (843) 202-1700.

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