The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety has released dash cam footage from a Saturday-evening chase that involved a 28-year-old motorcyclist striking an officer.
Footage shows an officer on a motorcycle chasing the suspect, who was also on a motorcycle, for several minutes. The officer rides close beside the suspect at one point and they stop close together at a red light before the suspect speeds off and pops a wheelie.
Other patrol-car footage shows the aftermath with a crashed motorcycle on the road and surround by officers.
Donald Aaron Morton of Myrtle Beach is charged with resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, hit and run resulting in damage to attended vehicles, disregarding traffic signal, operating a vehicle on a highway without registration and license, altering vehicle license, noise ordinance, reckless driving, vehicles required to be registered and licensed, driving under suspension, improper passing, failure to stop for blue light and operating an uninsured vehicle.
An officer attempted to stop Morton after he allegedly sped up toward a crosswalk, almost hitting pedestrians, and then started revving his motorcycle engine at Main Street and Ocean Boulevard, the report said.
Fleeing from police on Main Street, the suspect made a “right handed maneuver” like he was going to turn on Hillside Drive, but then went toward Highway 17, police said. Morton then changed gears, began to speed up and would not pull over, the report said.
The officer stopped trying to pull over the suspect, the report said, and called for officers to assist in the area the suspect was heading. Police said the suspect then popped a wheelie, accelerating recklessly and raising the front tire off the ground, and then driving between vehicles along the dotted while line.
Police found the suspect stepping off his motorcycle at the swing bridge at S.C. 9 and Little River Neck Road, the report said. Morton then allegedly started riding in between cars around the swing bridge and directly at an officer, authorities said. The suspect struck the officer’s motorcycle, knocking the motorcycle over while the officer was stilling seated, the report said.
The officer was not injured during the incident, said North Myrtle Beach spokesperson Patrick Dowling.
After allegedly hitting the officer, the suspect struck a curb and was thrown onto the sidewalk, police said. Morton began to run into the woods, but was caught by police, the report said.
The motorcycle allegedly had a registration sticker from another vehicle and no insurance, the report said. Authorities said Morton’s license was suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets.
Morton was arrested and taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong