Dash cam video shows high speed chase between cops, bank robbery suspects

Dash cam video shows high speed chase between cops and bank robbery suspects

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities released dash cam video Wednesday afternoon that shows a high speed chase between police and two bank robbery suspects.

North Charleston Police officers and Charleston County deputies say the suspects robbed the First Citizens Bank on Dorchester Road Tuesday.

Investigators say inside the car were 32-year-old Travis Gillespie and 27-year-old Tanner Chechelashvili.

Cops say it was Gillespie who walked into the bank and handed a note to a teller demanding money and say Chechelashvili was the getaway driver. Police chased the couple through streets in North Charleston.

Then the getaway car led officers and deputies onto I-526 and then onto I-26 Westbound. With speeds as high as 120 miles per hour, the officers had to avoid hitting other cars.

The video shows the suspects' car suddenly exiting at College Park Road with officers and deputies right behind. Then they go through a red light, make a left turn and almost hit other cars before going back on I-26 in the eastbound direction.

The chase continued down I-26. Police say just before the Montague Avenue exit, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon threw stop sticks on the road to deflate the tires on the suspects' car.

The video shows the couple's car going into the embankment of the interstate and crashing through a chain link fence on Ranger Drive. Officers and deputies get out of their cars and chased the suspects.

Outside of the view of the dash cam, police said they found the couple hiding behind a house and they are were taken into custody.

Gillespie and Chechelashvili were both charged with bank robbery, failing to stop for blue lights and resisting arrest.

Court documents show Gillespie was out on bond for burglary at the time of the bank robbery.

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