Friday, February 7, 2014
An attempted traffic stop for a defective brake light erupted into far more Tuesday as the vehicle took off, a gun was thrown and, finally, the five occupants exited the vehicle and ran.
However, police prevailed and all five were apprehended, the gun retrieved and evidence of a mobile meth lab discovered.
Around 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4, an officer attempted to pull over a light colored Lincoln Town car, on Route 78, for a defective brake light. The vehicle turned into Daniels Orchard and then made a U-turn, going onto the sidewalk and curbing, crossed Route 78 and traveled down No. Laurel St at a high rate of speed, taking a right onto West Luke Ave.
The officer turned off his lights and siren as other officers advised that the vehicle was at the end of West Luke and all occupants had fled the vehicle.
Officers began searching the area. A witness informed dispatch that a gun had been thrown from the vehicle and police located the weapon in front of a residence on No. Laurel St. The recovered weapon was a Bryco Arms 9mm pistol.
A witness told police he had seen two pieces of tin foil exit the trunk as the vehicle passed him at a high rate of speed. He kicked them to the side of the road where police recovered them on West Luke near Hickory St.
Police observed two females walking and when the police told them they were looking for the several subjects who had run from the vehicle, one of them – Susan Elaine Stefani, 33, of Charleston – spontaneously responded, “It was us that ran.”
Stefani and Shequana Ann Rice, 22, of Summerville, were advised of their Miranda Rights and waived them. Stefani asked to speak with a detective. Another officer spoke with Rice who told him there was a methamphetamine Lab inside the car. Both were arrested for Manufacturing Methamphetamine.
Dustin R. Lane, 26, of Summerville, told police, “I was the passenger inside the vehicle, but that boy driving was crazy, I told him to stop several times.”
According to Lane, the driver was Zachary Allen Kerr, 25, of Charleston, who had the gun on his lap and tossed it out the window. Lane later told police he had thrown the pistol.
Rice told police the meth lab in the car was a “Shake and Bake” type lab and she thought there were also pills and weed as well.
The fifth occupant of the vehicle was April Nicole Chapman, 31, of Monks Corner.
All five were arrested and charged.
The Metro Narcotics Unit is still investigating.