Hwy 707 crash suspect arrested after hospital stay

Douglas Pratt (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Douglas Pratt (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Horry County Police have made an arrest in an April 1 police chase that resulted in the driver striking a utility pole on Hwy 707, leaving many area residents without power.

Sgt. Robert Kegler with HCPD says 33-year-old Douglas Pratt, of Longs, was arrested Saturday night and charged with failure to stop for blue lights, criminal domestic violence, and reckless driving. Pratt had previously been in the hospital for injuries sustained during the crash.

Power in the area of Holmestown Road was restored to almost all residents just hours after a car crashed into a power pole near Bay Road around 2:40 a.m. April 1.

Penelope Hinson, spokesperson for Horry Electric, said all power was restored by 10 a.m. that morning.

Officials with Horry County Fire Rescue say the suspect involved in the police chase was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center with multiple traumas.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol directed traffic in the area of Bay Road and Holmestown Road on Highway 707 as electric crews worked to restore power and replace the damaged pole.

Online booking records for the J. Reuben Long Detention Center indicate Pratt was released from jail Saturday night just a little more than one hour after being booked into the facility.

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