CHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Three suspects in several law enforcement vehicle break-ins were arrested Friday after a high-speed chase up I-77.
Elontrae Ali Glenn, Morgan Nicole Fowler, and Santario Demarcus Washington were arrested in Chester County following a chase, according to Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres.
Glenn was charged with failure to stop for a blue light, unlawful carry of a pistol, possession of a stolen pistol, and receiving stolen goods, according to jail records. A judge set a surety bond of $17,510 for Glenn, Beres said.
Fowler and Washington are both charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a stolen pistol, receiving stolen goods less than $2,000, according to jail records. A judge set a surety bond for each at $14,510, Beres said.
After a 19-mile chase along I-77, troopers arrested the three and recovered nine stolen handguns, two stolen bulletproof vests along with other stolen items from the vehicle, Beres said.
The break-ins occurred in Columbia where Colleton County Sheriff R. A. Strickland attended a sheriff's conference, Colleton County Sheriff's Lt. Tyger Benton said.
Eight patrol vehicles, one of them a Colleton County vehicle, were broken into on the evening of Jan. 24 in a hotel parking lot and several items were taken, Benton said.
A Columbia Police Department incident report states that in addition to the Colleton County Sheriff's Office, patrol vehicles from the Lee, Marlboro and Beaufort County Sheriff's Offices were also broken into.
On Friday morning at approximately 6:35 a.m., a state trooper observed a 2005 Chrysler 300 driving approximately 91 mph in a 70-mph zone traveling north on I-77 near the 68-mile marker, Beres said. The vehicle fled when the trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop, he said.
According to a report, three troopers performed a rolling roadblock, stopping the vehicle near the 77-mile marker. After initially stopping, the driver, later identified as Glenn, drove forward and reverse, striking two patrol cars in an attempt to escape, Beres said.
Troopers say they had to use their batons to break the suspect's window to gain access to the suspects' vehicle.
The three suspects were removed from the vehicle and placed into custody without further incident, Beres said.
Glenn, Fowler and Washington were taken to the Chester County Detention Center, Beres said. As of Tuesday, all three remained in jail.
The SC Highway Patrol is currently working with the Columbia Police Department on the recovery of the stolen items.