TABOR CITY, N.C. (WECT) - A man who failed to stop when requested by Columbus County Sheriff’s Office deputies Thursday October 8, led them on a car chase that crossed the border into South Carolina and ended in a crash on Log Cabin Road in Horry County. The chase eventually ended when the suspect struck Sheriff Jody Greene’s patrol vehicle and lost control of his car.
The incident began when police initiated a traffic stop on Swamp Fox Highway East after detectives spotted a dark Ford Mustang speed onto the highway. When they ran the registration plate, they found the registration and the vehicle did not match and the registration plate was revoked, according to law enforcement.
“Detectives pursued the Ford Mustang to conduct the traffic stop. However, the Ford Mustang did not stop or pull to the shoulder of the road. The vehicle turned onto Dothan Road from Swamp Fox Hwy E. Detectives then radioed Columbus Central advising that the vehicle was not stopping and that they were continuing to attempt a traffic stop. At that time, the driver violated several laws and traffic offenses by driving recklessly, speeding, failing to stop for stop signs, and attempting to wreck the Detective,” according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).
After the vehicle did not stop, detectives pursued the vehicle as it continued into South Carolina where the Horry County Police and South Carolina Highway Patrol joined the chase.
“Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Detectives along with Horry County Police Department traveled down several roads in South Carolina attempting to stop the vehicle. While on SC Hwy 9, Detectives with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and Horry County Police were then joined by more Columbus County Detectives, Sheriff Greene, South Carolina Highway Patrol, and SC S.L.E.D. Horry County Police assisted in deploying stop sticks on SC Highway 9 in an attempt to slow the suspect vehicle down,” according to CCSO.
After turning onto Log Cabin Road, law enforcement attempted a rolling roadblock, an action that would eventually lead to the final crash.
“The pursuit then traveled onto Log Cabin Road where a group of 12 or more citizens were standing near the roadway. Detectives and Sheriff Greene were attempting a rolling roadblock to slow the Mustang down with the intent to protect the citizens near the roadway. The Ford Mustang attempted to outrun the rolling roadblock by accelerating and weaving. This action resulted in the Ford Mustang striking Sheriff Greene’s patrol vehicle, nearly causing a crash with other patrol vehicles. The Ford Mustang lost control and crashed,” according to law enforcement.
The driver was taken to the hospital with injuries and is in stable condition at this time.
“The driver was identified by South Carolina Highway Patrol as Amos Earl Strickland, 62, of 600 Pine Circle Drive, Tabor City. Strickland sustained injuries from the crash and was transported to Grand Strand Medical Hospital where he is in stable condition, at this time. Mr. Strickland may face additional charges by South Carolina Law Enforcement. He was charged with Felony Flee to Elude Law Enforcement by Columbus County Sheriff’s Office,” according to CCSO.