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.
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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.