Cops: Suspected drug dealer leads officers on chase in N. Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police say a suspected drug dealer led police on a car chase in North Charleston before he was caught in a Dollar General store Thursday evening.

The North Charleston Police Department charged 31-year-old Maurice Montez Simmons with failure to stop for blue lights, trafficking cocaine base, manufacturing cocaine base and possession of heroin.

Shortly before 5 p.m., officers attempted a traffic stop on a black Cadillac for speeding on Dorchester and Lambs roads.

Authorities say the vehicle failed to yield for blue lights and continued down the road where the suspect struck a Nissan Pathfinder in the area of Montague Avenue and International Boulevard. Police say the drive of that vehicle was not injured in the incident.

Officers then located the suspect's vehicle on Aster Street.

Based on information from citizens, officers say they located the suspect inside of the Dollar General on Rivers Avenue. Police say they also found a hoodie which was worn by the suspect inside a dumpster at a nearby business.

A police report states the suspect had 16.7 grams of crack cocaine, 16.2 grams of marijuana and .1 grams of heroin inside the hoodie. Inside the suspect's vehicle, investigators say they found 3.7 grams of crack cocaine.

According to police, a search of a nearby hotel room that was used by the suspect, revealed small amounts of cocaine and paraphernalia used to manufacture crack cocaine.

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