Lancaster man refused to stop for Horry County police, chase occurs in Myrtle Beach

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 7, 2014 

Donnie Keith Snipes Jr.

A man who was released from prison less than a year ago and wanted by authorities in Lancaster County, led Horry County and Myrtle Beach police on a chase Monday night after he tried to buy drugs, according to a police report.

Donnie Keith Snipes, 34, of Lancaster was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 2:34 a.m. Tuesday and charged with attempting to possess drugs, driving under suspension, habitual offender and second or subsequent offense of failure to stop for a blue light, according to jail records.

The police report said an Horry County officer was parked on Racepath Street in Myrtle Beach and noticed a white Ford Econoline van stop in a nearby parking lot for less than 30 seconds before it sped away toward Robert Grissom Parkway.

The officer noticed the light on the tag of the vehicle was defective and tried to stop the van in front of Wal-Mart, according to the report. The driver refused to stop and went into the parking lot to escape.

Another officer joined the pursuit on Robert Grissom Parkway and the van continued onto Harrelson Boulevard, according to the report. The chase continued to Waccamaw Boulevard and to River Oaks Drive, where officers deployed stop sticks that punctured the front driver’s side tire.

But the driver continued on back to Robert Grissom Parkway to 38th Avenue North where officers deployed stop sticks again and the driver’s side rear tire was punctured and deflated, according to the report. The driver continued to 29th Avenue North and officers again deployed stop sticks that punctured the passenger front tire of the vehicle.

The driver of the van continued to Robert Grissom Parkway and stopped between 21st Avenue North and Mr. Joe White Avenue, according to the report. Snipes was taken into custody as the driver of the vehicle without incident.

Snipes told officers that he was in the Racepath community to purchase drugs and officers found drug paraphernalia inside the van, according to the report. When officers checked Snipes through the National Crime Information Center they learned he was wanted in Lancaster County, but the report did not list specifics.

Snipes also told police that he had a conviction for failure to stop for blue lights and that he had been released from prison in February, according to the report. Officers also learned Snipes had three convictions for failure to stop for police and had been arrested five times on the charge.

Snipes also told police he took “5-6 Oxycodone pills prior to stopping for police,” according to the report. Officers took Snipes to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment and he was later taken to jail.

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