Man faces multiple attempted murder charges after police chase

Source: CCDC
Source: CCDC

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Police have arrested and charged a man with multiple counts of attempted murder charges following a vehicle pursuit.

Richard Cunningham, 32, was arrested after leading authorities on a chase with a car that was reportedly stolen.

On Saturday shortly after 10:00 p.m., a Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a confirmed stolen vehicle out of Florida.

After the deputy activated all of his emergency lights, to initiate this traffic stop, Cunningham turned in to a neighborhood off of Bees Ferry refusing to stop, according to Major Eric Watson with the Sheriff's Office.  As a result, a vehicle pursuit ensued.

Cunningham drove back onto Bees Ferry Road towards Glenn McConnell Parkway. He then turned onto Glenn McConnell and then onto Mary Ader Drive striking a fence near the City of Charleston Park.

Cunningham drove back onto Glenn McConnell Parkway towards Bees Ferry Road and then turned onto SC Highway 61 towards Summerville. He then drove into Dorchester County and turned back towards Charleston County on SC Highway 165.

Cunningham and the passenger, Christopher Sommers, began throwing items from the car along Highway 165, Watson said.

Eventually, deputies were able to deploy stop sticks deflating the vehicle's tires. However, Cunningham continued driving and attempted to force a deputy from the roadway, Watson said. During the pursuit, Cunningham rammed another deputy's patrol car and attempted to ram several others, Watson said.

After deputies were able to force the vehicle off of the road, Cunningham and Sommers surrendered without further incident.

Cunningham was arrested and charged with failure to stop for blue lights, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and six counts of attempted murder.

Sommers was arrested for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Upon appearing in bond court Sunday morning, a $100,000 bond was set for each of the six attempted murder charges .Additionally, a $20,000 bond was issued for failure to stop for blue lights, $15,000 for possession of a stolen vehicle, and $465 for littering.

The deputies involved in the pursuit did not sustained any serious injuries.

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