SANTEE – “It was just sitting there running and my feet were hurting so I got in it,” Michael Robert Rains told a judge Friday afternoon in Orangeburg.
The Santee Police Department charged Rains on Thursday with failure to stop for blue lights, possession of a stolen vehicle, receiving stolen goods, driving without a license, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Rains, 42, of 197 Gemini Drive, Alexandria, Indiana, told Orangeburg County Magistrate Willie Robinson, “I came out here to get better. I’ve been clean for 30 days and I jacked it up yesterday.”
He also told the judge, “All of this paperwork is lies” as he held his arrest warrants in his hands.
An Orangeburg man is accused of robbing two people at gunpoint last month.
On Thursday afternoon, a Santee officer noticed a disturbance at the Taco Bell drive-through, according to a police incident report.
The officer checked it out and found a man yelling excitedly, “That’s my car! He stole my car!”
The man pointed at a 2003 green Mitsubishi Eclipse as it fled from the 9000-block of Old Number Six Highway.
Officers attempted to stop the fleeing vehicle. However, Rains allegedly led police on a high-speed chase.
A warrant says Rains passed vehicles unlawfully.
Robinson set his bond at $31,347.50.
If convicted of possession of a stolen vehicle, Rains faces up to five years in prison.