Man charged after chase through Dorchester County neighborhood in stolen truck

Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 6:58 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2022 at 5:36 PM EDT
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DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester County deputies say multiple charges are expected for a man who briefly escaped custody at Summerville Medical Center and led them on a chase through a nearby neighborhood.

Jeron Laren McCants, 34, faces multiple charges including escape, failure to stop for blue lights and grand larceny, according to Lt. Rick Carson. He also has two holds for a charge in Charleston County and a charge in Berkeley County, Carson said.

McCants was with a deputy waiting to obtain medical clearance to be taken to the L.C. Knight Dorchester County Detention Center, Carson said. He had earlier been detained by Summerville Police during a traffic stop when a check of his ID returned a warrant from Dorchester County, he said.

The deputy moved the handcuffs to the front at the request of medical personnel and McCants ran away while heading to X-ray.

That prompted a massive manhunt with Dorchester County deputies and Summerville Police.

Doorbell security camera captured footage of a chase involving a blue box truck and several...
Doorbell security camera captured footage of a chase involving a blue box truck and several Dorchester County Sheriff’s vehicles on Travelers Rest Boulevard in the Quail Arbor subdivision.(Garrett Wild)

Carson said details are still sketchy as of Tuesday night, but investigators believe McCants was able to run to the Quail Arbor V neighborhood where he stole a blue box truck and led deputies on a low-speed chase.

Garrett Wild said his doorbell security camera captured footage of a chase involving a blue box truck and several Dorchester County Sheriff’s vehicles on Travelers Rest Boulevard in that subdivision.

Carson said McCants came to a stop on Racquet Lane just off Honeysuckle Lane.

Summerville Police Lt. Chris Hirsch said his officers responded to a request for assistance from the sheriff’s office.

McCants was taken back to Summerville Medical Center for any necessary treatment and medical clearance and then taken to the detention center.

One deputy reported a minor injury to a finger, Carson said.

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