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Loris man charged after Horry County police chase him into North Carolina

A Loris man is in police custody in North Carolina after he was chased by Horry County police when he failed to stop in South Carolina, according to a police report.

Antwan Chestnut, 33, was charged by Horry County officers with failure to stop for a blue light, driving under suspension and reckless driving, police said. Chestnut also faces charges in Columbus County, N.C., after police there continued to pursue him.

An Horry County police officer was stopped at Airport Road and U.S. 701 North near Loris about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when a burgundy Dodge went by him, according to the report. The officer noted the driver put the right turn signal on, braked and then sped up. The officer pursued the vehicle with his lights and sirens, but the vehicle sped up going over 70 mph.

The officer wrote in the report that the vehicle drove recklessly before the driver pulled into the Fired Up gas station, according to the report. Once in the gas station parking lot officers went to approach the vehicle, but the driver took off.

Horry County police continued to pursue the vehicle until it crossed into North Carolina where Tabor City and Columbus County police began chasing after it, according to the report. Horry County police returned to South Carolina, but were called a short time later that Tabor City police had stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver, Chestnut.

Horry County police returned to Tabor City and issued summons to Chestnut on the charges and Columbus County officers took Chestnut into custody for charges there. Columbus County officials could not be immediately reached for comment about the charges.

Records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center show that Chestnut was charged March 11 with failure to stop for a blue light, driving under suspension and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. He was released that same day on $7,652.50 bail.

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