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Wal-Mart shoplifter who led 10-mile police chase sentenced

Officer-involved shooting

A woman from Sumter is being treated for an officer-involved gunshot to her arm after leading Horry County Police on a chase from the Surfside Beach Wal-Mart ending on Kings Highway and 37th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday.
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A woman from Sumter is being treated for an officer-involved gunshot to her arm after leading Horry County Police on a chase from the Surfside Beach Wal-Mart ending on Kings Highway and 37th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday.

A Wal-Mart shoplifter who was shot by police before leading officers on a car chase through the Myrtle Beach area was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in jail.

Laquandra Borden, 26, of Sumter, pleaded guilty to numerous charges in Circuit Court including first-degree assault and battery, shoplifting, and hit and run, according to a statement from Jimmy Richardson, solicitor for Horry and Georgetown counties.

The November incident occurred when a police officer tried to prevent Borden from fleeing the Wal-Mart at U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C. 544 in her car after the store reported her as a shoplifter.

The officer got trapped in the door as Borden tried to speed away. Fearing for the officer’s safety, a second police officer shot Borden in the arm.

Borden ignored the wound and kept driving, rammed a police cruiser, then led police on a 10-mile chase that forced the closure of several streets along U.S. 17 Business.

Borden was apprehended after a spike strip was used to flatten her vehicle’s tires.

Two officers injured in the incident were treated and released from a local hospital.

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