Man taken to hospital then jailed after jumping from third-story motel balcony during police chase

Donta Leonardio Rice
Donta Leonardio Rice

Police said a man, who had active arrest warrants, jumped from a third-story motel balcony while trying to outrun authorities Wednesday morning.

Donta Leonardio Rice, 38, was charged with drug possession, third-degree assault and battery and two counts of resisting arrest, in addition to multiple traffic citations, and a bench warrant.

Rice was being held at the Myrtle Beach Jail awaiting a bond hearing on Thursday morning, according to jail records.

Myrtle Beach police got involved in a foot pursuit with Rice about 9 a.m. Wednesday, which began at the Budget Inn at 501 N. Ocean Blvd. and ended on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in the area of Seventh Avenue North, authorities said.

Police said Rice was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment for an injury he suffered after jumping off the third-floor balcony of a motel while trying to escape authorities during the foot pursuit, according to a police report.

Authorities said they found more than 35 white prescription pills in a plastic bag in Rice’s pants pocket, which a Grand Strand Regional Medical Center pharmacist identified as the drug Oxycodone, police said.

Rice never said he had a prescription for the pills or showed proof of prescription for them, according to the report.

Details about Rice’s prior arrest warrants were not listed in the police report, but authorities noted the warrants were from Marion County, Myrtle Beach, and the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.