Man escapes hospital, steals police car

(WMBF) A South Carolina man is in custody after stealing a Georgetown County Police car and leading a high speed chase into Tabor City, North Carolina.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday Georgetown County Sheriff's deputies were notified of mental commitment papers on an individual that walked away from Waccamaw Community Hospital.

The male suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Camilo Quiroga Diaz of Surfside Beach, was seen walking down Highway 17 in the Murrells Inlet Community of Georgetown County.

Sheriff's deputies tried to take the suspect into custody and a foot chase began. Police say the suspect got into a Georgetown county police car and fled the scene.

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