An attempt to stop a driver for not wearing a seat belt at about noon Wednesday led to a chase that ended with the man holed up in a trailer texting on his cellphone, according to the Bluffton Police Department.
An officer tried to stop Ridgeland resident Michael Jermaine Brown, 30, on May River Road when Brown sped away, Bluffton police Lt. Joe Babkiewicz said.
Police followed Brown to a mobile home park on Little Aaron Road. Brown circled the park, stopped in front of a home and ran inside, Babkiewicz said.
Within 15 minutes, police received permission from the mobile home's owner to enter. They found Brown "texting on his cellphone and pretending he wasn't involved in the chase," Babkiewicz said.
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The car Brown was driving belonged to the trailer's owner, who decided to press charges against Brown for taking it without permission, Babkiewicz said.
Brown was charged with two felonies -- using a vehicle without permission and failure to stop for blue lights. He was also charged with driving with a suspended license and with not wearing a seat belt.
He is being held for prosecution, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center.