Crack found in rental car, suspects flee
A suspicious vehicle on Power House Road caught the attention of a resident who reported it to authorities.
The black Dodge Challenger with tinted windows rode by a residence slowly seven times on Aug. 1, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The complainant spotted the car at 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 2:26 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 3:50 p.m., according to the report.
A deputy arrived shortly after 4 p.m. As a deputy was speaking with the complainant, the suspicious vehicle pulled up to the stop sign at Old Black Oak Road and Power House Road.
The compliant pointed out the vehicle and the officer conducted a traffic stop on Power House Road.
The driver pulled the Challenger to the right shoulder. Upon stopping, a black male passenger jumped out and ran toward Mt. Pleasant Drive. The Challenger continued along the shoulder and pulled into a driveway before the driver jumped out and fled into the woods.
The vehicle was registered as a rental. A deputy searched the vehicle and found what appeared to be crack-cocaine in a small plastic bag and $60 cash. There was mail in the vehicle with a Mt. Pleasant Drive address.
The vehicle was cleared and turned over to an employee from the car rental company.
By this time deputies learned a woman reported the car stolen from a gas station at the intersection of U.S.-52 and U.S.-17A. The woman said she left the keys in her vehicle and went inside the gas station, according to the report. When she came back it was gone.
She told deputies she had been dating a man for two to three weeks and only knew him by first name. She at first told deputies she did not give him permission to use the rental vehicle.
A deputy asked if she was sure, advising that if she knew the vehicle was not stolen and made a report she would be arrested for filing a false report. She then changed her story and said the man she was dating whom she only knows by first name did have permission, according to the report.
She said she knew the driver but not the passenger, according to the report.
She said the cash and miscellaneous paperwork were hers and they were turned over to her along with the car keys. The crack-like substance was taken into evidence to be destroyed.