2 arrested following early-morning chase in North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Two people were arrested following a police chase in North Charleston, Tuesday morning.

Walter Varner, Jr., 38, of Goose Creek, is charged with driving under suspension, malicious damage to personal property, failure to stop for blue lights and resisting arrest.

Emerald Leilani Reyes, 35, of Goose Creek, is charged with permitting an unauthorized driver to use her vehicle.

According to an incident report, officers spotted the driver of a Chevrolet Impala with a paper license plate, later identified as Varner, driving at a high speed on Dorchester Road near the intersection of Leeds Avenue.

We’re told authorities noticed the Varner almost hit a car in the same lane, as well as swerving in and out of different lanes of traffic.

After officers activated their blue lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop, he increased his speed down Dorchester Road. As he approached Meeting Street, an incident report revealed, Varner lost control and drove into railroad tracks where the vehicle eventually stopped.

Varner was seen running from the car where officers later found him “coming out of the weeds that were along the railroad tracks.”

After damaging the patrol car, Varner and Reyes were checked out by EMS and released into police custody.

Following the arrest, Varner told authorities he ran because he was on probation and his license was suspended.

We are working to find out when the pair will face a bond court judge.

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