Officers found open containers of alcohol and what appeared to be marijuana when they stopped an 18-year-old girl and her underage passenger, who were traveling through downtown Myrtle Beach Friday afternoon in a reportedly stolen vehicle, according to a police report.
An officer patrolling about 2:30 p.m. spotted a blue Mazda sports utility vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle reported stolen out of Simpsonville, police said.
The SUV headed northbound on Ocean Boulevard near Sixth Avenue North, and the driver also fit the depiction of a the person officers were told to be on the lookout for, so the officer who spied her and the vehicle tried to catch up with them on a police golf cart, the report states.
As the officer pursued, dispatchers verified the portion of license plate letter and numbers on the SUV matched those of the vehicle reported stolen.
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The officer stopped the SUV when the driver tried to make a u-turn in the area of Flagg Street and Seventh Avenue North, police said.
The driver was ordered out of the car and multiple officers in the area flocked to the scene to help while the officer awaited backup. The 18-year-old was detained by assisting officers, and the passenger, described as a juvenile, but whose age wasn’t listed in the report, was then told to exit the SUV, the report says.
She was then handcuffed, and dispatchers confirmed the SUV the girls were traveling in was reported stolen out of Simpsonville. Police searched the vehicle and said they discovered two open “Four Loko” alcoholic drinks and about .6 grams of a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana, the report states.
The open containers of alcohol were poured out on the street and the suspected marijuana was placed into evidence, police said.
Jesse Danielle Dawes, 18, was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, simple possession of marijuana, open container violation, and driving under suspension, according to the report.
The girl traveling with her was charged on a juvenile summons with simple possession of marijuana and open container violation, authorities said.