CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Investigators have arrested two teenagers after a stolen car crashed into the stairs of the Charleston post office following a chase which led to the discovery of two guns Tuesday morning.
The suspects have been identified as 16-year-old and 17-year-old boys who have both been charged with unlawful carry of a handgun, possession of a handgun under the age of 18 and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number, according to Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis.
The 16-year-old was also charged with failure to stop for blue lights, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and larceny under $2,000.
The incident started at 4:20 a.m. when a police officer was driving on Meeting Street and saw a Chrysler 200 in front of him with its taillights out. The officer then attempted to make a traffic stop at the intersection of Meeting Street and Cumberland Street where the suspect’s vehicle had stopped.
According to a report, as the officer approached the car, the suspects’ vehicle sped off.
The officer eventually found the suspect’s car which had crashed into the steps of 81 Broad St. at the Charleston post office; this is right at the intersection historically known as the ‘Four Corners of Law’.
The officer said the vehicle’s airbags had been deployed, and no one was in the vehicle. A police report states officers located one of the suspects who admitted to driving the vehicle.
According to the report, a handgun was discovered in the vicinity of the two suspects.
Investigators found another gun in the back seat pocket of the driver’s side of the suspects' vehicle with its serial number obliterated. The weapon had one round in the chamber and an unknown amount of rounds in the magazine.
Officers also located a South Carolina license plate in the back seat which was found to be the plate for the vehicle. The owner of the car said she did not give anyone permission to drive her vehicle and wished to press charges. She also said she did not own any guns.
The suspects were transported to Roper St. Francis Hospital for medical evaluation before being transported to the Al Cannon Detention Center.