Crime

March 31, 2014

Tires flattened on stolen Georgetown Sheriff deputy patrol car, but suspect kept going in chase to N.C.

After police flattened tires on a stolen cruiser, the vehicle continued at speeds from 30 to 70 mph, for a while before stopping, according to an incident report

After police flattened tires on a stolen cruiser, the vehicle continued at speeds from 30 to 70 mph, for a while before stopping, according to an incident report

In the report an officer noted that stop sticks were successfully used to stop the vehicle driven by 35-year-old Camilo Quiroga Diaz, of Surfside Beach, who led officers on a chase from Murrells Inlet to North Carolina.

Police said the sticks were used in Conway and they flattened three of the vehicle’s tires, but the suspect kept driving.

“After the three flattened tires fell off the stolen patrol vehicle and other vehicle parts, the suspect maintained speeds of 30 miles per hour upward to 70 miles per hour,” the officer wrote in the report.

During the chase police said Diaz was sometimes traveling in excess of 120 miles per hour. He was arrested after officers flattened three tires on the stolen patrol vehicle.

Diaz is charged with grand larceny and failure to stop for blue lights. He was being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center.

According to a Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office press release, deputies responded to the Waccamaw Community Hospital around 8:30 a.m. Sunday and learned that Diaz, a patient at the hospital on mental commitment papers, walked away from the facility.

Witnesses told police Diaz was seen walking down U.S. 17 Bypass in the Murrells Inlet area. Deputies attempted to take him into custody, but Diaz ran and police chased him on foot.

Diaz got into a marked Georgetown County Sheriff’s patrol car and led police through Horry County to Highway 904 west of Tabor City, N.C., where N.C. Highway Patrol took him into custody.

Georgetown County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted during the chase by the S.C. Highway Patrol, Horry County Police Department, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The case is under administrative review concerning the sheriff’s deputies’ actions before, during and after the vehicle was stolen.

In an Horry County police report, officers were called about the Dodge Charger patrol car coming into Horry County and they assisted with the chase from Murrells Inlet until it exited at the North Carolina state line. The pursuit went along S.C. 544 into Conway and continued along U.S. 701 North.

At one point, Diaz contacted dispatchers and demanded to speak to someone with the CIA, according to the report.

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