Teen arrested after theft, chase

Brandon Hill

Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies said they arrested a teenager Tuesday night after he tried to steal a $35 bottle of vodka from a liquor store and led deputies on a 10-minute car chase.

Brandon Hill, 18, took the vodka from Harban’s Wine and Spirits on Boy Scout Road around 9 p.m. but dropped the bottle when a clerk approached him, according to Lt. Robbie Silas.

He took off in his mother’s Dodge caravan and almost ran over a clerk who stepped in front of the vehicle, Silas said.

A deputy nearby spotted the vehicle and pursued Hill for almost 10 minutes. Hill crashed into a tree, which deployed both air bags.

“He took out some mail boxes and hit a tree, but no one was hurt,” Silas said.

Hill was charged with theft by shoplifting, no seat belt, failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving, and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

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Thu, 12/08/2016 - 22:35

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