Surfside Beach police chase vehicle following report of stolen cell phone

A Surfside Beach police officer chased someone in a sport utility vehicle from the town limit to the Burgess area Wednesday afternoon, until that driver abandoned the vehicle in a wooded area of a subdivision.

Capt. Arron Miller, with Surfside Beach police, said the officer initially attempted to stop the vehicle because it matched the description of a suspect and vehicle identified in a reported stolen cell phone incident. The car failed to stop for blue lights and he chase ensued.

The pursuit began about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday in the city limits and continued down Glenns Bay Road and Holmestown Road, then to S.C. 707. It ended on Tern Hall Drive, Miller said.

A man jumped out of the vehicle, which rolled to a stop at the tree line behind Francis Bower’s home on the corner of Tern Hall and Caspian drives, Miller said.

Bower was watching television and said he had to mute it because he wasn’t sure if the sirens he heard near his house were real, he said.

Miller said a man ran into the woods, but the Surfside Beach police officer lost sight of him during a foot chase. Police believe a woman, also in the car, fled into the woods, too.

Neither was arrested and Miller said police are still working to identify the pair.

There were no injuries and the suspect vehicle did not sustain any obvious damage. It was towed.

Bob Bellinzoni, president of the Osprey Cove homeowner’s association, said the neighborhood usually is quiet.