Myrtle Beach Police nabbed a man wanted for armed robbery and burglary after he allegedly led police on a car chase, but left his hotel key behind and police say they used that to track him down.
Officers identified the driver as George Everette Gray, aka “Toot,” who has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, operating a vehicle in an unsafe condition, failure to stop for blue lights, speeding and driving under suspension, according to a release from Capt. Joey Crosby with the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
When officers attempted to pull Gray over for speeding and having no brake lights, he allegedly fled in his vehicle from officers, the release states.
Authorities say Gray’s vehicle was found empty within minutes at the address registered to it, but officers did find drugs on the passenger seat along with a Days Inn room key.
Police then confirmed Gray was in a room at the Days Inn Motel and learned he was wanted out of Horry County for first degree burglary and armed robbery.
When officers attempted to make contact with Gray, he allegedly “barricaded himself in a room and threatened to kill himself,” according to the release.
The Hostage Negotiation Team attempted to talk him into coming out of the room but after several hours, the MBPD SWAT team entered the room and Gray was arrested.