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Charleston woman facing drug, DUI charges & more after high-speed chase, crash

Melissa Tejada (Charleston County Detention Center).jpg
Melissa Tejada (Charleston County Detention Center)

Hanahan, North Charleston, West Ashley, Downtown Charleston — a 23-year-old Charleston woman led law enforcement just about everywhere you can go during a lengthy high-speed chase Wednesday night.

Charleston County deputies say Melissa Tejada was ultimately arrested when she crashed into a fence along Concord Street in Charleston, after officers used spike strips to flatten the tires on her car.

A Hanahan Police officer had tried to stop Tejada's Honda Accord for speeding on Yeamans Hall Road just after 11 p.m. in Hanahan, when she took off.

The chase would last nearly another two hours, ending at almost 2 a.m. after crossing multiple jurisdictions — some more than once.

Hanahan Police say Tejada ran stop signs, nearly slammed into officers' vehicles and almost wrecked several times as they followed her from Yeamans Hall Road to Murray Drive ... Remount Road ... Rivers Avenue ... I-526 westbound ... the Glenn McConnell Parkway ... Tobias Gadson Road ... Ashley River Road ... Magwood Drive ... back onto Glenn McConnell ... and back onto I-526 westbound.

After all that, Hanahan abandoned the chase, giving way to other agencies. The chase finally ended along the 300 block of Concord Street, where Tejada crashed.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says Tejada was hospitalized for minor injuries, but since has been released and arrested.

She remains in jail at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center, charged with simple possession of marijuana and driving under the influence.

Hanahan Police intend to charge her with failure to stop for blue lights and reckless driving.