Early morning police chase sends suspect to hospital, jail

  • Friday, June 13, 2014

A man trying to run from police early Tuesday morning wrecked his car and will go to jail after he gets out of the hospital, according to a Dorchester County Sheriff’s office incident report.

Jackie Ivan Coaxum, Jr., 22, of North Charleston was charged with Failure to Stop for a Blue Light and will be charged with several more offenses as soon as he gets out of the hospital, according to the report.

According to the report, a DCSO deputy on patrol saw a black Lexus sedan with a non-working license plate light exit Dorchester Manor onto Ashley Phosphate Road. The deputy turned on his blue lights and the vehicle briefly stopped in the median at Ashley Phosphate and Fennel Drive, but quickly U-turned and took off in the opposite direction. The deputy and a North Charleston police officer pursued, reportedly reaching speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.

According to the report, the Lexus turned onto Stratton Drive and was headed toward the rear of the neighborhood at high speed when the driver tried to turn onto Dalton Avenue.

However, the vehicle, traveling at more than 70 miles an hour, was moving too fast to make the turn and instead ran through a fence before hitting a tree and rolling over on its roof.

At this point, the deputy drew his sidearm and ordered the two vehicle occupants to show their hands and not move.

At no time did the deputy make contact or attempt to make contact with the fleeing vehicle, according to the report. The deputy took photographs of his vehicle as well as submitted video footage from his patrol car’s video camera as evidence to that fact, according to the report.

According to the report, a record check revealed Coaxum has prior driving under suspension violations and is, in fact, a habitual offender.

EMS and the SC Highway Patrol arrived on the scene, according to the report.

According to the report, officers could see that the driver, Coaxum, was unconscious. Officers detained the passenger, Curtis Junior Perry, 25, of Moncks Corner and searched him; they found a small quantity of marijuana in his pocket. Officers then issued Perry a citation for simple possession and upon his refusal of medical treatment, released him, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Coaxum regained consciousness, at which time officers arrested him for failure to stop for blue lights. Coaxum was then transported by EMS to MUSC; he will face additional charges and be transported to the Dorchester County Law Enforcement Center jail in St. George when he is released from the hospital, according to the report.

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