Deputies: Person who jumped off Westmoreland Bridge after chase arrested

Second suspect caught after police chase
Published: Mar. 12, 2022 at 12:00 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 12, 2022 at 1:42 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office reopened lanes of the Westmoreland Bridge after they say they located a person who jumped off the bridge after a crash.

Deputies say the person was located at just before 12:30 a.m. The sheriff’s office has not yet released the person’s identity or the charges they will face.

The incident began after 11 p.m. Friday on Rivers Avenue near Greenridge Road in North Charleston when a deputy attempted a traffic stop and a vehicle took off at a high rate of speed, sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Knapp said.

That vehicle led deputies on a pursuit that ended when the vehicle crashed into a wall on the westbound side of I-526 on the Westmoreland Bridge, he said.

Deputies held one occupant of the vehicle at the scene, but Knapp said a second occupant of the vehicle, who was believe to be armed, jumped off the bridge into the marsh.

Charleston County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol units helped in the search and located the person just before 12:30 a.m. Saturday and Knapp said at 12:37 a.m. deputies were working to reopen the bridge.

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