HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A Sumter woman who involved in an incident where a police officer was dragged through a Walmart parking lot in November 2015 has pleaded guilty to shoplifting in connection with that incident.
Chasity Stokes, 38, was the second of two people arrested during a shoplifting incident at Walmart where two women fled after an altercation with police officers, partially dragging one of them in the Walmart parking lot. Stokes was originally the driver, but got out of the vehicle when police stopped them. Then, the other woman involved, Laquandra Borden, got into the driver's seat, and attempted to flee, dragging one officer as he clung to the side of the vehicle.
Stokes pleaded guilty on April 11 to the Horry County shoplifting charge while she was pleading guilty to unrelated charges in Sumter, according to Tonya Root with the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office. Those charges include malicious injury, forgery, receiving stolen goods, and shoplifting, according to SC Department of Corrections records.
She received a sentence of one year in prison for the shoplifting charge in Horry County, which will run currently with her Sumter charges, Root said. She was sentenced to seven years in prison on those charges.
The driver of the car in the November 10, 2015 incident, 26-year-old Laquandra Borden, pleaded guilty in May of 2016 to shoplifting, first-degree assault and battery, hit and run, and criminal conspiracy, and was sentenced to seven years in prison, according to Assistant Solicitor Tyler Bratton.
Video of the incident initially shows two officers stop an SUV, reportedly driven by Borden. Stokes was a passenger in the SUV. The officer told the women they were stopped because they were suspected of shoplifting from the Walmart located off Highway 544 near Surfside Beach, and they were being detained.
Borden was then allowed to re-enter her vehicle while an officer stood by the open driver's side door. As a second officer walked over to the car, Borden started the vehicle and drove forward while the two officers clung to the side. She then crashed into the officers' patrol car, and a third officer tried to pull her out from the passenger's side. She then reversed and drove off. The officers got into their patrol cars and gave chase.
An officer discharged his firearm, striking Borden in the arm, according to a November news release from the Horry County Police Department.
Borden continued to drive until spike strips were deployed, according to Lt. Raul Denis with HCPD, and she came to a stop near 37th Avenue North and Kings Highway. Other dash cam video shows police continuing to chase Borden's SUV until it came to rest, and she was surrounded by officers.
According to the arrest warrants, Stokes and Borden shoplifted several items valued at over $2,000, including electronics, clothing, and other items, by placing them in a plastic tub in a shopping cart and moving them out of Walmart through the garden exit.