A 15-year-old Murrells Inlet girl is in serious, but stable condition at a Myrtle Beach hospital after Horry County police say she stole a Jeep and later crashed it into Socastee Baptist Church, according to authorities.
The girl, who is a juvenile, is charged with grand larceny with a value of $5,000 or more, failure to stop for a blue light and malicious injury to a place of worship, according to an Horry County police report.
A 44-year-old Myrtle Beach woman living along Memory Lane called police just after midnight to report someone stole her 2002 Jeep Wrangler from outside her home, according to the report. An Horry County police officer found the girl driving the Jeep along S.C 707 a short time later.
Officers pursued the girl and she sped up to 60 mph just before crashing into the side of the church at 3690 Socastee Boulevard. Officers found the girl on the floorboard of the vehicle.
Damage to the church was estimated at $15,000, according to the report.
Troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol also are investigating the crash, said Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins.