BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a felon and a fugitive were arrested following a car chase in Moncks Corner.
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened on Wednesday at 7:35 p.m. when a deputy was on patrol on Highway 402 and Dr. Evans Road
According to BCSO officials, the deputy attempted to stop a gold Buick LeSabre being operated by a driver who was not wearing a seat belt.
"The driver chose to not stop for the deputy's marked sheriff's vehicle's blue lights & siren, rather the driver sped up and fled," BCSO officials said.
A report states the passenger of the vehicle, later identified as 42-year-old Francisco Andie Thomas of Summerville, discharged a firearm as he was throwing the weapon and some plastic bags out of the window.
"As the vehicle approached Hard Pinch Road, the driver failed to negotiate the turn, left the road and struck some smaller trees before coming to a stop," BCSO officials said. "When the vehicle was immobilized, the driver and passenger exited the vehicle. They were taken into custody shortly thereafter."
Deputies identified the driver as 47-year-old Cindy Wright Brazill of unincorporated Moncks Corner. She was charged with driving under suspension third-offence in the past 5 years.
"Brazill also had a warrant out of Bamburg for DUS," BCSO officials said.
Deputies reported searching the side of the road where Thomas had been throwing the bags and pistol out and recovered a loaded 40 caliber Springfield Armory pistol.
The pistol had been stolen out of St. Stephens.
A report states Thomas was also found in to be in possession of a green leafy plant material that presumptively tested positive to be marijuana.
"Thomas is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm," BCSO officials said.
Thomas was charged with Discharging a firearm at a vehicle, unlawful possession of firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm and simple possession of marijuana.