Tuesday, August 6, 2013
An alleged dispute over parking in Charleston County became so heated that Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene. They calmed the situation and sent the two drivers off in different directions. However, according to one driver, the victim, when he headed toward Summerville, the other driver apparently turned around and followed him.
Driving a silver Mercedes, the other driver – Desmond Dushawn Johnson – caught up with him and brandished a weapon at him. What followed was a television-worthy series of switched cars, multiple chases of the victim’s vehicle, and multiple brandishing of the weapon. Allegedly, Johnson switched to a blue BMW at one point, again catching up with the victim and threatening him with a gun.
Back in the Mercedes, Johnson allegedly rammed the victim’s vehicle. The victim, having done all he could to elude Johnson and get the police involved, drove back to Charleston County and met up with deputies there. The deputies called in Summerville Police as the alleged incident had taken place within Summerville.
The victim’s vehicle showed paint transfer that matched his story, according to the incident report. Police contacted Johnson who told them the Mercedes was his mother’s and had been returned to Huger where she lived. However, Summerville Police, using GPS information, concurred that within the time frame of the incident, Johnson would not have had enough time to drive to Huger and return. A phone call to his mother verified that the Mercedes was not there. His mother told police he was living in Summerville with his girlfriend and gave them her address.
Arriving at the girlfriend’s, police discovered she owned a blue BMW. She admitted to being out with Johnson at the time the victim alleged the incident to have taken place but denied knowledge of it. She claimed not to know where Johnson was or why the Mercedes was not parked at the residence.
According to the incident report, Johnson was reached again by phone but became evasive and belligerent. However, the police were able to determine that what information they could get at that point verified the victim’s story. However, without seeing the Mercedes to see if there was damage they could do nothing further. A subsequent visit to the residence the following day did not net them the Mercedes or Johnson.
Police suggest that perhaps the victim was more involved in the subsequent incident than he admitted.