Police apprehend car theft suspect after chase near Conway

Police apprehend car theft suspect after chase near Conway

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – After a vehicle and foot pursuit Saturday, Horry County Police apprehended a man accused of stealing a car Wednesday, which led to shots being fired at a Sunhouse convenience store just outside of Conway.

According to information from Horry County Police, Thomas Bradley Thompson was taken into custody Saturday evening in the Conway area. Police were patrolling the area Saturday night when they saw a vehicle with a single occupant parked in a business parking lot after hours, according to the police report.

The vehicle began to leave the location, and the officer activated his emergency lights. The vehicle drove off, and another officer activated their emergency lights, the report states. The suspect's vehicle continued to accelerate towards Highway 90, then drove on Highway 90 to International Drive, going as fast as 80 miles per hour at one point. Thompson then stopped, but when officers ordered him to place his hands outside his window, he accelerated and continued on International Drive.

Thompson then stopped again on International Drive and began to run into the woods, the report states. Officers pursued him, and took him into custody without further incident about 100 yards from where he abandoned the vehicle. Thompson was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on the following charges: failure to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension - first offense, resisting arrest, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

On Wednesday morning, a man tracked his stolen car to the Sunhouse convenience store on Highway 90 near Conway and was taken into custody after firing warning shots at the alleged thief, who fled from the area. Arrest warrants allege Thompson was in possession of the stolen vehicle.

According to the incident report, the person taken into custody was Kenneth Levern Miller, 26, of Conway.

Records from J. Reuben Long Detention Center state Miller remained incarcerated Thursday on charges of pointing and presenting firearms at a person, unlawful carrying of a pistol and public intoxication.

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