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Cops: Fugitive arrested following highway chase, electric pole crash

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say they have arrested a fugitive accused of running off vehicles on a Berkeley County highway and crashing into an electric pole.

The Bonneau Police Department say Gerald Akeem Gadsden of St. Stephen was arrested on Friday at 4 p.m.

Authorities say on Wednesday, Gadsden refused to stop for police and drove onto oncoming traffic on Highway 52, running several vehicles off of the roadway. A police report states Gadsden fled for 11 miles before crashing his vehicle into an electric pole, and knocking power lines across the highway on Colonel Maham Drive.

According to police, Gadsden then fled into the marshland.  

On Friday afternoon, members of Bonneau PD, the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, St Stephen, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit apprehended Gadsden.

Police say Gadsden is being charged with failure to stop for blue light, reckless driving, failure to yield for emergency vehicle, resisting arrest and for offering a bribe to an official.

Officials with Bonneau PD say Gadsden is also being held for warrants for armed robbery, kidnapping, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in Greenville, SC.

Investigators say Gadsden has a lengthy arrest record for several violent offenses including an arrest for assault with intent to kill in 2009 by St Stephen PD when he allegedly shot another man in the foot.

Gadsden is being held at the Hill Fink-Lea Detention center awaiting service of warrants and bond hearings.

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