Police: Traffic stop leads to pursuit, then weapon, drug charges

Police: Traffic stop leads to pursuit, then weapon, drug charges

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A traffic stop for illegally-tinted windows led to the arrest of a 27-year-old North Charleston man on multiple charges.

Jared Weeks is charged with trafficking cocaine, trafficking cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime; unlawful carrying of a handgun, and unlawful possession of a firearm; driving under suspension, third offense; violation of the Habitual Offender Act, and failure to stop for blue lights and siren, third offense, and second-degree burglary, according to an incident report.

Police say an officer spotted Weeks's vehicle pulling out of a yard on Gaynor Street and say when Weeks spotted the police cruiser, he quickly pulled back into the yard.

The officer said as he passed by the car, he could see Weeks lying down in the vehicle's front seat. After the police cruiser passed, Weeks sat up in his seat and watched the officer continue down Gaynor Street, the report states.

Minutes later, the officer saw Weeks drive passed him at which point he initiated a traffic stop for the window tint, the report states.

Police say Weeks pulled into the left lane facing oncoming traffic and stopped, then began leaning over as if to access something under the driver's seat. As the officer approached, Weeks drove off, and the officer pursued through several streets before Weeks stopped the car and fled on foot, the report states.

Police say while he ran, he discarded a loaded .45 caliber firearm near a sewer grate, then jumped a fence and kicked in the back door of an apartment on Courtyard Square and barricaded himself inside. Police say Weeks eventually gave in to officers' demands that he come out of the apartment.

Weeks told police he initially fled because he was driving with a suspended license and acknowledged discarding the handgun, which he said he carried for protection, while he ran, the report states. He also told police he kicked in the apartment in an attempt to hide from police and that he attempted to flush "marijuana" down the toilet, the report states.

Officers recovered a green plant-like material from the toilet, along with plastic bags containing white rock-like substances and powder, police say.

The green plant-like material tested positive for marijuana, the white rock-like substances tested positive for cocaine base and the white powder substance tested positive for cocaine, the report states.

Police say they recovered a total of 36 grams of cocaine divided into seven bags, 3.2 grams of cocaine base in one bag and 83 grams of marijuana divided into three bags. During a search of the vehicle, police say they found an additional 0.4 grams of cocaine in a plastic bag in the cup holder, seven grams of a cocaine base in a plastic bag in the center console, two digital scales, a 15-round Glock magazine with three .40 caliber rounds.

Weeks was being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

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