Man leads authorities on two-state chase in deputy's vehicle

  • Sunday, March 30, 2014

A man who jumped into a Georgetown County deputy's patrol car Sunday morning led authorities on a chase into North Carolina  before being apprehended. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson said at about 8:30 a.m. deputies were notified of mental commitment papers on an individual that walked away from the Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was spotted walking on Highway 17 Bypass. Cuthbertson identified the man as 35-year-old Camilo Quiroga Diaz of Surfside Beach. Diaz ran away when a deputy tried to take him into custody. During the foot chase, Diaz made his way back to the deputy's vehicle, jumped in the driver's seat and sped away, Cuthbertson said. "The vehicle pursuit continued from Georgetown County to Highway 904 west of Tabor City, North Carolina where the suspect was taken into custody by the North Carolina Highway Patrol. According to additional reports, at one point the suspect was on the phone with dispatch while the chase was taking place. The chase reportedly ended when the tires of the patrol car were damaged.
During the vehicle pursuit, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Horry County Police, Columbus County Sheriff's Office, and
the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
This case is under administrative review as to the sheriff's deputy's actions before, during and after the vehicle was stolen. The deputy was identified as Kevin Betts.
 Cuthbertson said Diaz is charged with grand larceny and failure to stop for a blue light.

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