Judge issues $110K bond for man accused of leading cops on chase

Published: Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A James Island man is behind bars after investigators say he wrecked his car following a police chase and attempted to run from officers at a skating rink parking lot where he dumped a gun, ammo and drugs.

The North Charleston Police Department charged 26-year-old Michael Anthony McNeil with failure to stop for blue light, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent offense.

During a bond court hearing on Wednesday, a judge set McNeil's bond at $110,000.  On Thursday, he remained behind bars at the Charleston County Detention Center.

On Tuesday night, officers were on patrol on Rivers Avenue when they spotted a gray mustang, which police say was possibly involved in a shooting at the Summit Place Apartments, on Dunlap Street.

When officers attempted a traffic stop, investigators say the car, later determined to be driven by McNeil, sped up and ran a red light on Rivers Avenue and Ashley Phosphate Road.

At one point during the chase, investigators say McNeil bailed out of the car which then crashed into a parked truck at the parking lot of Extended Stay Suites on Northwoods Boulevard.

A police report states officers saw McNeil carrying a black object in his hand as he jumped out of his car. Officers say as McNeil then made his way to the parking lot of the Carolina Ice Palace skating rink on Northwoods Boulevard where he threw an object on the ground.

According to police, as officers continued to tell him to stop, McNeil was spotted throwing another object under a bush as he was running across the parking lot.

Police say after McNeil threw a bag and lighter on the ground, officers apprehended him.

Authorities say they located a clear plastic bag which contained 4 grams of cocaine, a .40 caliber gun clip containing two rounds and 18 .40 caliber rounds.

Investigators say officers also located a .40 caliber gun, with one round in the chamber, under a bush where the suspect was seen throwing an item. Authorities say they also found one .40 caliber bullet on the center console of the suspect's car.

Police report that McNeil is prohibited to have a gun due to a 2008 conviction for assault and battery with intent to kill.

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