Motorcyclist charged with shooting at police during I-26 chase

Tellis Geddis Jr. (Source: CCDC)
Tellis Geddis Jr. (Source: CCDC)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston man is facing a number of charges after he allegedly shot at police officers during a motorcycle chase in late April.

North Charleston police say they arrested 31-year-old Tellis Ray Geddis Jr. on Saturday morning following an investigation into a chase which started on Ashley Phosphate Road on Apr. 27.

According to court documents, police were investigating reports of motorcyclists driving recklessly on westbound Interstate 26 near the Ashley Phosphate Road exit when they saw two motorcycles parked at the Exxon at 2330 Ashley Phosphate Road near 1 a.m.

Police said the motorcyclists fled as soon as they saw them, and a brief chase ensued on westbound I-26. Officers said they followed the suspects for a short time before cancelling the chase, but when they later reviewed dash camera videos, they saw one suspect had turned around and fired a shot at a police cruiser.

Affidavits state the investigation led police to one of the suspects, who told them he saw a muzzle flash come from the other suspect's motorcycle during the chase. He also said he heard three gunshots.

Geddis was charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and failure to stop for blue lights. He was granted a $130,000 bond on those charges during a hearing Sunday and remained at the Charleston County Detention Center on Monday.

Court documents did not identify the other suspect involved in the chase, but he is also expected to be charged with failure to stop for blue lights.

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