Attempted traffic stop in Loris leads to chase, collision

Quinten Jermaine Nesmith (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Quinten Jermaine Nesmith (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

LORIS, SC (WMBF) An attempt at a traffic stop in Loris Saturday led to a high speed police chase and eventual crash of the suspect's vehicle.

An incident report obtained by WMBF News follows the events of a standard traffic stop. An officer spotted the suspect's vehicle speeding along Broad Street in Loris Saturday afternoon.

Radar detection measured the suspect traveling at 50 miles per hour in the downtown area, and his speed was accelerating.

The Loris Police officer turned onto Highway 701 and attempted to stop the suspect, who continued speeding and made a left turn along McQueen Street.

The officer followed the suspect onto Railroad Avenue, Suggs Street and crossing Highway 701 where the suspect drove through a stop sign and continued driving east along the dirt road toward Red Bluff Road.

The chase continued onto Red Bluff Road outside of Loris City limits. The suspect continued driving at a high rate of speed until he reached Holly Hill.

The suspect locked up the brakes in his vehicle.

When the officer pursuing the suspect braked, his patrol car slid into the suspect's vehicle, overturning it.

Joe Hogge was in his yard when he heard the crash.

"It sounded like a concrete truck hitting another truck," said Hogge. He says a chase near his home is surprising, but an accident isn't.

"This is a dangerous highway Red Bluff Road. Holly Hill Road is a dangerous highway. You gotta watch yourself on these highways," said Hogge.

The suspect was assisted out of his vehicle by the officer by prying open the window.

The suspect, 28-year-old Quinten Jermaine Nesmith, was arrested and charged with failure to stop for blue lights.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating this collision.

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