NCPD: 1 arrested, guns seized following high speed chase

Published: Aug. 25, 2014 at 2:02 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police say one man was arrested, two guns were seized, and three suspects remain on the run after a spike strip was used to end an early morning high speed chase.

Police say the incident began at 12:40 a.m. when four people were spotted walking towards a grey Chrysler near Bossez Lounge. One of the suspects smashed a beer bottle on the ground before the four got into the vehicle and drove away, officers say.

After allegedly disregarding a stop light, an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

An incident report states the vehicle sped down Spruill Avenue West, topping speeds of 90 mph. The chase took police from Spruill Avenue to Park Circle and N. Rhett, and then on I-526 eastbound to Long Point Road.

Police say a spike strip was successfully deployed by a Charleston County sheriff's deputy between Belle Point Drive and Egypt Road, causing the vehicle to wreck near an Exxon gas station. The four suspects reportedly fled on foot.

Preston Bernard Swinton, 23, was captured by police. The other three suspects were able to get away, officials say.

The report states officers found a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle inside the wrecked car. A stolen 9mm pistol was found near where Swinton was caught, and a magazine containing nine bullets was found in the suspect's pocket.

Swinton told police the pistol was not his, and he did not know how the loaded magazine got in his pocket.

While inside a deputy's cruiser, police say Swinton attempted to destroy a plastic baggie that contained cocaine, and hide it in between the cruiser's seats.

Swinton has been charged with manufacture/distribution of ice, crack, or crank and possession of a stolen pistol.

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