SC shoplift suspect dies in police chase

Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 3:08 PM
Last updated 6:50 PM
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BLUFFTON, S.C. — A woman suspected of shoplifting from a Beaufort County mall has died following a police chase.

Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls III says the 19-year-old woman was found dead inside a car Thursday. Her name hasn’t been released.

Authorities say the woman was one of four people in a car fleeing Beaufort County deputies. A clerk at a Bluffton outlet mall was assaulted as he tried to keep four shoplifting suspects from leaving.

Deputies followed the car, which hit a pickup truck and crashed into a tree.

Three people ran from the car and were later arrested. The driver, Craig Scott, has been charged with reckless homicide. He and two passengers were also charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/28/12 - 05:20 pm
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Shoplifting. Assaulting the

Shoplifting. Assaulting the clerk. Running from the police. My sympathy level is low. Charge the driver with reckless homicide and charge the other two as accomplices to homicide during the commission of a crime. I wouldn't shed a tear if all four of them were dead. Sorry, but I have had it with thieves and punks. The worse thing that can happen to them the better.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/28/12 - 05:44 pm
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A few people will blame the

A few people will blame the cops for the death because they chased them.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/28/12 - 06:06 pm
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Two options

When you see blue lights in your rear view mirror, you have two options. 1) you can stop and deal with the consequences of your actions. 2) you can flee and deal with the consequences of your actions. The driver of the car being stopped has to make that decision.

TK3
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TK3 12/28/12 - 07:08 pm
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No inoccent victims;

No report on injuries of anyone in truck they hit so I'm glad the chase didn't result in the suspected thieves hurting someone else.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/28/12 - 07:19 pm
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TK3, exactly. Thank goodness

TK3, exactly. Thank goodness the pick-up truck driver was not hurt. Thank goodness no other innocent people were hurt. Thank goodness the officers following were not hurt.

trimmy
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trimmy 12/28/12 - 08:24 pm
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running from police
Unpublished

Dichotomy is rough on the perps. I like it.

thauch12
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thauch12 12/29/12 - 01:09 am
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Meaningless loss of life

While I do NOT agree/support the actions of these young people in any way, shape, or form, the questions need to be raised...why did this young lady have to die over a few dollars worth of merchandise? Why does law enforcement need to get involved with the dealings of private businesses? This is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars and in this case, it led to a completely preventable death.

KSL
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KSL 12/29/12 - 06:45 am
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Actually, what led to the

Actually, what led to the death was the original and the continuing actions of the lawbreakers.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/29/12 - 11:11 am
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The sad part is her age. So

The sad part is her age. So young, so foolish and now so dead.
My condolences to her family.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 12/29/12 - 11:33 am
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thaunch12, your comment does

thaunch12, your comment does not deserve a rebuttle.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/29/12 - 12:00 pm
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I really don't agree with

I really don't agree with most police chases either. We really have no facts other than she was NOT the driver of the fleeing car and she was with a group of people who were accused of shoplifting.

This is every parent's nightmare; that their child will be caught up in the wrong group at the wrong time and make the wrong choices.

thauch12
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thauch12 12/29/12 - 03:40 pm
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@JRC2024, thanks for leaving

@JRC2024, thanks for leaving that absolutely useless comment.
@Willow Bailey, amen. This is absolutely senseless and did not have to happen.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/30/12 - 02:57 pm
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Yep, all that needed to

Yep, all that needed to happen was the criminals not commit a crime. Everybody would be safe and happy.

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