Coroner: Body found at Mt. Pleasant boat landing was man who jumped from Ravenel bridge

Coroner: Body found at Mt. Pleasant boat landing was man who jumped from Ravenel bridge

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston County Coroner's Office say a body that was found at a boat landing in Mount Pleasant was a man who jumped from the Arthur Ravenel Bridge following a chase with police last week.

The coroner identified the man as 19-year-old Brandon Curtis from Hanahan.

On Friday afternoon, the Mount Pleasant Police Department say officers responded to Remleys Point Boat Landing in reference to assisting the Charleston Police Department with a body found in the area.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office also assisted in the investigation by sending out a boat into the waters where Curtis' body was located. Charleston County rescue crews then brought the body back to the boat landing where it was transported to MUSC.

According to Charleston police, Curtis led authorities on a chase before he jumped off the bridge last week.

Police say the incident began at about 5:40 a.m. on August 18 when an officer was patrolling along East Bay Street when he observed a man in a car circling a parking lot several times.

The man drove toward the officer and made incoherent statements, prompting the officer to approach that vehicle, according to the incident report. Police say the man then said, "Wanna do some lines, some lines of coke, man" and held up a clear plastic baggy containing a white powdery substance.

The vehicle sped off before the officer could make contact, the report states.

As the officer pursued the vehicle as the car entered the East Bay Street entrance ramp to the Ravenel Bridge, the driver was seen throwing multiple small baggies of a white powdery substance out of the window and increased speed, prompting the officer to end the chase, according to the officer.

The report states the driver then slowed and came to a complete stop near the peak of the bridge. He reportedly got out of the car, jumped the concrete barrier to the pedestrian walkway, climbed the fence and jumped off the bridge into the water below.

Charleston County EMS, Charleston Harbor Patrol, North Charleston Harbor Patrol, the Coast Guard, Mount Pleasant Police and the Charleston County Rescue Team all responded to the area.

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