HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – An Anderson man and woman are behind bars, facing charges after sending police on a high speed chase through Horry County late Monday night after a vehicle was stolen, according to officials. The chase, which exceeded 120 mph at times, caused two police vehicles to collide at high speeds.
Mary Elizabeth Flippin, age 27, is charged with failure to stop for blue light and siren and possession of stolen vehicle valued at over $10,000, according to a news release from the Horry County Police Department. At a bond hearing on Wednesday, Flippin was granted a $5,000 cash surety bond and is not allowed to leave the state of South Carolina.
Brian Michael Wilbanks, age 42, is charged with possession of a controlled substance (heroin), according to a news release from the Horry County Police Department. A judge granted a $5000 bond to Wilbanks at Wednesday's bond hearing.
Horry County Police Sergeant Colderwood told WMBF News the chase began when a man and woman stole a vehicle at Murphy's Express on International Drive in Horry County around 10:30 p.m.
The vehicle, a 2014 Honda Accord sedan, led officers through Windy Hill, north on Highway 17 and then west on 27th and north on Metts before returning to Highway 17 where the vehicle continued south on Highway 17 at a high rate of speed out of North Myrtle Beach. The vehicle then led officers west on Highway 22 and North on Highway 31. The vehicle then headed south on Highway 9 to Highway 90 and headed towards Conway.
According to Public Information Officer Patrick Dowling, shortly after being advised of the pursuit, officers observed a crash at the intersection of US 17 and 37th Ave S. involving an Horry County patrol vehicle an Atlantic Beach Patrol vehicle. The collision occurred when the Horry County Police vehicle turned right onto 37th Ave S from lane two and was struck by the ABPD vehicle traveling in lane 3. The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety provided assistance and traffic control until highway patrol arrived to work the collision. Both officers refused EMS on scene. The Atlantic Police officer did decide to be seen at the ER after the fact.
Sergeant Colderwood said law enforcement chased the two suspects at around midnight from North Myrtle Beach into Little River and then into Conway where police had to use stop sticks to get the vehicle to a complete stop. The chase reportedly ended on Highway 90 South on East Cox Ferry Road.
According to a police report from HCPD, officers located a clear plastic baggie in Wilbanks' pocket that contained a substance that tested positive for the presence of black tar heroin.
Both suspects were arrested without incident and each of them were taken to J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
It was later learned that the Honda Accord was reported stolen out of the county and MBPD officers had initially tried to stop it before it entered the county and HCPD and Briarcliffe Acres Officers got involved, Dowling said.