Cops: Convicted drug dealer leads deputies, officers on chase in Charleston Co.

Updated: Apr. 17, 2017 at 10:43 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 36-year-old North Charleston man is behind bars after he reportedly led deputies and police officers on a car and foot chase in Charleston County.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office arrested Charmus Bennett, a convicted drug dealer.

His arrest stems from an incident on Sunday morning when a deputy saw a car speeding in the Accabee subdivision.

According to the sheriff's office, after the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the suspect sped off, got onto I-26 then collided with a dividing curb at the Rivers Avenue exit causing another vehicle to be damaged by debris.

A report states the suspect then steered his car through a fence then fled on foot, however his vehicle was left in motion and struck a truck.

Authorities spotted the suspect entering the Russeldale subdivision where deputies say Bennett failed to listen to a deputy's command and fled back towards Rivers Avenue by jumping several fences and running towards a former Nason Medical Center.

A North Charleston police officer reported that he was in the area and managed to get Bennett on the ground.

A sheriff's office report states Bennett refused to put his hand behind his back.

"We struggled with Bennett for some time at which time I delivered several knee strikes to his right side, but was unable to pry his right hand fro under him," a deputy's report states.

Authorities say the officer told the suspect he was going to tase him and provided the suspect "several seconds to comply." According to authorities, Bennett, who still would not comply and was still trying reach towards his belt, was then tased in his back.

A report states Bennett still attempted to reach for his belt area at which time the officer said he would tase him again. The responding deputy said he was then able to handcuff Bennett.

The sheriff's office says deputies found several clear bags with a green plant material in the area where the deputies were struggling with Bennett. In addition, investigators also found a bag with several plastic bags of white powder, and another bag with unidentified pills.

Authorities also found a Glock firearm with one round in the chamber in the location where the NCPD officer initially made contact with Bennett.

A Glock magazine was found near the suspect's vehicle, and a scale with a white powder substance was also found on Bennett.

CCSO officials say Bennett was driving on a suspended driver's license.

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