Man fleeing from traffic stop crashes into North Charleston business

Credit: WCBD/Colby Thelen
Shaun Laval Jenkins, 29, of North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.(WCBD) — North Charleston Police arrested one person after failing to stop at a traffic stop and crashing into a business Thursday morning.

Shaun Laval Jenkins, 29, of North Charleston is facing multiple charges including possession of cocaine, unlawful carrying of a firearm, driving under suspension, and failure to stop for blue lights.

Authorities say on May 4 at 2:21 a.m., North Charleston Police attempted a traffic stop on the driver of a black two-door Honda Accord for driving with no headlights.

The vehicle fled the traffic stop near Dorchester Road, made a left onto Rivers Ave, and made a U-turn in the middle of the street where he stopped. When officers exited their vehicles with weapon drawn to attempt to stop the car, the driver took off again down Rivers Ave towards Cosgrove where the speeds were about 60 MPH, according to an incident report.

The pursuit went onto Cherokee Street, the parking lot of the South Carolina Department of Social Services office on Rivers Avenue, and several other side streets before ending at 4287 Spruill Ave where the suspect vehicle collided with the Reddy Ice building.

The suspect then fled the vehicle on foot and ran into the gated area of the business. A Charleston Police K-9 found him underneath a Reddy Ice truck about 30 minutes later, the incident report added.

A stolen Kahr PM 45 pistol from Mount Pleasant was found on the floorboard of the passenger side of the vehicle. Cocaine was found in the car as well.

Jenkins is currently being held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center where he awaits a bond hearing.

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