Suspect charged in chase, Grande Dunes manhunt

MBPD officers on scene of collision during chase (Source: WMBF News Reporter Sean Maginnis)
MBPD officers on scene of collision during chase (Source: WMBF News Reporter Sean Maginnis)
Hermillian Williams (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Hermillian Williams (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Horry County Police have officially charged a suspect who led police on a chase through Myrtle Beach Thursday afternoon.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, told WMBF News Thursday that officers had been conducting an undercover operation in the Racepath area. When they went back to patrol the area, a vehicle chase ensued with a suspect as they tried to initiate a traffic stop.

A communications supervisor for the Myrtle Beach Police Department told WMBF News that Horry County officers arrested a suspect in the Racepath area for possession of cocaine.

Kegler said one arrest was made during the undercover operation. When officers went back to the Racepath area to patrol, a traffic stop was initiated on another person that then turned into a pursuit.

According to Kegler, the suspect, Hermillian Williams, 32, of Tabor City led police northbound on Highway 31 to the Grande Dunes area, where he reportedly got out of his vehicle and fled on foot.

MBPD said Williams struck two other vehicles as he was fleeing. The first vehicle was struck at Mercantile Place and Robert Grissom Parkway and the second was struck at Robert Grissom Parkway and Mister Joe White Avenue.

The second victim followed Williams for a short distance before realizing Williams was being chased. Troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol are working that collision.

Kegler said officers then set up a perimeter around the area and were actively searching for Williams with K-9 units.

Myrtle Beach Police also assisted in the search.

Williams was described as a black male standing 6'1" and weighing between 160 and 170 pounds. He was wearing a dark winter hat and a black Miami Heat Dwayne Wade jersey at the time of the chase.

He was taken into custody around 3:15 p.m., according to Kegler.

Friday Williams was charged with the following:

  • improper starting
  • violation of seat belt law
  • resisting arrest
  • driving under suspension
  • failure to stop for a blue light
  • unlawful turning
  • reckless driving

Bond has not yet been set.

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