A McClellanville man thought he was evading law enforcement by speeding away from the scene of a shooting in Georgetown on Feb. 19.
Unfortunately, his high-speed chase ended when he crashed into a house in the rural community 20 miles south of Georgetown.
Shawan A. Mercer, 29, is now behind bars after he surrendered to police on Feb. 24.
The crime that led to his arrest resembled a scene from “The Fast and the Furious,” except that movie didn’t end with a person landing his car inside an empty house in McClellanville.
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The high-speed chase started with a shooting at TJ’s Lounge on South Fraser Street in the early morning hours of Feb. 24, police said.
Mercer fired several shots at the club, then fled the scene, police said.
He didn’t hit anyone when he fired the gun, but decided to leave in a hurry anyway.
At one point, he was being pursued by officers from several different jurisdictions, including the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Highway Patrol, police said.
The chase finally ended when he Mercer crashed his car into a home on River Road in McClellanville, police said.
Talk about a bad morning.
That tops the usual $25 seat-belt violation ticket people usually get on the way to work.
Mercer now remains at the Georgetown County jail, charged with, among other things, two charges of unlawful carrying of a pistol, driving under suspension, failure to stop for a blue light and discharging a weapon into a dwelling.