MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Several charges are pending against a former Leland Police officer who led several agencies on a police chase from North Carolina into South Carolina Tuesday night.
The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office has issued warrants for the arrest of Hank Smith, 40, of Supply, NC. Warrants show he is charged with: seven counts of attempted murder, assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats, assault on a female, seven counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle and assault with a firearm.
Deputies tried to serve Smith with the warrants accusing him of poking a female with an AR-15 rifle and pointing the weapon at her. Smith also threatened to kill the victim and her children, according to the report issued by the BCSO. While attempting to serve Smith, he fled and led police on a wild chase.
The chase began in Holden Beach before reaching Highway 17 in Supply, NC, according to eyewitnesses. Smith was armed with a gun and firing shots at officers for the duration of the pursuit, Emily Flax with the BCSO confirmed.
Smith was firing a 40 glock semi-automatic handgun at a BCSO deputy, according to one warrant.
The chase continued into North Myrtle Beach, where the tire blew out from the Smith's car damaging another vehicle.
The suspect continued driving south towards Myrtle Beach, past the Myrtle Beach Mall and turned onto Highway 22.
Police chased the suspect onto Highway 31 North. Then, Smith's car and a Highway Patrol cruiser collided. The suspect's car then hit the guardrail along Highway 31.
The trooper and Smith were transported to a nearby hospital.
The scene was released to the Horry County Crime Scene Unit. An investigation is underway.
Smith will be held in South Carolina until he is extradited to Brunswick County.