COLUMBIA, SC — UPDATED: Police have arrested a known gang member whose vehicle landed on the roof of a Forest Acres home following a police chase early Saturday morning.
Antwon Ashley, 31, has been charged with headlights required, reckless driving, hit and run property damage over $10,000, failure to stop for blue lights, trafficking crack cocaine, distribution within the proximity of a school, littering and opposing law enforcement.
The incident began around 2:14 a.m. Saturday when an officer on routine patrol on Senate St. near Heidt Street in the Lower Waverly neighborhood noticed what appeared to be an illegal drug transaction at or near a vehicle, according to the Columbia Police Department.
He also noticed that the vehicle did not have any headlights on, then saw the suspect drive away erratically.
The suspect did not stop for the officers blue lights and sirens, allegedly driving off at a high rate of speed on Gervais Street.
When the officer followed, he found the car on top of a home on Grace Hill Road in Forest Acres.
People were home at the time, according to the police departments Jennifer Timmons. Luckily there were no injuries, she said.
The suspect was not located inside the car, she said. But officers found crack cocaine and cash inside the vehicle.
Police say Ashley is a known gang member.
Police have also charged Sharman Springs for providing false information. The vehicle Ashley was in was registered in Springs' name.
According to Timmons, police are not sure how the driver managed to launch the car onto the roof. She said the officer did not see it happen, and no witnesses saw it either.