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.