Deputies: Moncks Corner man arrested on drug charges after chase ends in crash

Deputies: Moncks Corner man arrested on drug charges after chase ends in crash
Wreckage at the accident scene. (Source: BCSO)
Wreckage at the accident scene. (Source: BCSO)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Moncks Corner man is facing multiple drug charges following a search at his home and a subsequent chase that ended in a crash Monday.

Charles Simmons Harris III, 25, is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking heroin, and failure to stop for blue light.

"Methamphetamine and Heroin are the two most dangerous drugs in the Lowcountry and they destroy lives every day, we see it all over Berkeley County and it is a shame," Sheriff Duane Lewis said. "The dealers do not care for the lives that they destroy but I do and the Sheriff's Office will continue to do everything that it can to identify and remove the drug dealers from our communities."

Deputies went to Harris's home Monday to serve an arrest warrant for distribution of methamphetamine and to execute a search warrant in the home.

Harris was not home, but during the search, deputies say they found approximately 2.6 gross grams of suspected heroin and approximately four gross grams of suspected methamphetamine.  Additional warrants were obtained for Harris for possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, deputies say.

Investigators learned Harris was driving a silver Volkswagen Jetta and that he may possibly be in the area of Royle Road. Agents eventually located the car in the area and attempted to stop the vehicle, according to the department's Facebook page.

The driver, later identified as Harris, failed to stop for blue lights and fled from the area on Highway 176 where marked Berkeley County Sheriff's units were waiting.

Deputies say Harris dodged tire strips and struck another vehicle, injuring a female driver. That driver was taken to an area hospital for evaluation, deputies say, and Harris was apprehended.

Deputies also say a search of Harris's vehicle turned up approximately 61 gross grams of methamphetamine and approximately 19 gross grams of heroin.

Harris is currently at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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