An Orangeburg man is accused of stealing a truck, crashing it into another vehicle and then attempting to flee on foot.
Mark Michael Smith, 57, of 826 John C. Calhoun Drive #113, is charged with grand larceny valued more than $2,000.
The S.C. Highway Patrol has also cited him for driving without a license, disregarding a traffic control device and not wearing a seatbelt.
An employee of GT Auto and Tire called police from a vehicle driven by his work supervisor at 1 p.m. Tuesday. They were actively pursuing a 2003 gold Chevrolet Silverado, according to an Orangeburg Department of Public Safety incident report.
During the pursuit, Smith allegedly struck a white Kia SUV on Joe S. Jeffords Highway at Rowesville Road after running a red light.
As a result of the collision, the truck suffered major damage to its front.
The employee told officers that truck then pulled into the parking lot of the Citgo at 1905 Joe S. Jeffords Highway.
Smith exited the truck and attempted to leave on foot, the report said.
The employee ran after Smith and saw him trip and fall twice, the report said. The employee eventually caught Smith by the back of his shirt and stood by with Smith until officers arrived.
An officer told Smith to stand still because he had blood on his arm from the open wounds on his elbows.
Smith allegedly said to the officer, “I’m a junkie and yeah I stole that truck.”
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EMS transported Smith to the Regional Medical Center to receive treatment for his wounds before officers took him to the Orangeburg County Detention Center.
Officers reviewed surveillance video at GT Auto and Tire, which is located at 1595 John C. Calhoun Drive.
Smith appeared to have visited the business earlier for an oil change. A female accompanied him, the report states.
“Approximately two hours prior, suspect Smith is clearly viewed walking around the property, urinating on the hitch of a trailer and looking into vehicle windows,” an incident report states.
The video allegedly shows Smith returning to the business two hours later in a vehicle driven by a female. The female later told officers that she dropped Smith off at the business but didn’t know he had intentions of stealing a vehicle.
The employee told officers that the Chevy was unlocked and the keys were visible in an open center console, the report said.
When Smith allegedly returned to steal the truck, he had a black plastic bag wrapped around his face, but was wearing the same clothing as he did when he visited two hours prior, the incident report states.
The truck is valued at $4,000.
He was denied bond on Wednesday. Smith was out on bond for previous charges, according to warrants.
On March 19, 2018, Smith allegedly stole a Snap-on diagnostic scanner. The scanner is valued at $4,500. He’s charged with grand larceny.
Warrants accuse Smith of stealing a clothes dryer from a Glover Street residence in October. Security cameras recorded the theft, warrants state. He’s charged with second-degree burglary.
And this past April 19, Smith was accused of stealing a $64 wig with the help of an unidentified female. As a result of this incident, Smith is facing the charge of shoplifting with enhancement. He has two prior shoplifting convictions within the past 10 years.
If convicted of both counts of grand larceny, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
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