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Teen shoplifting suspect crashes after police chase in Rock Hill

By Jonathan McFadden
jmcfadden@heraldonline.com
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Zekiya Knox

ROCK HILL A teenager accused of stealing from Walmart led police on a chase through southern Rock Hill Saturday before she crashed her car into another car and then tried running from police on foot, authorities say.

Police were sent to the Old York Road Walmart in Newport after loss prevention employees called them about two shoplifters who were leaving in a black Oldsmobile at about 3:30 p.m., according to a Rock Hill police report. Police found the car traveling south on Heckle Boulevard. Police activated emergency lights and tried to pull the car over just past Hollis Lakes Road.

The driver pulled over onto the shoulder of the road, stopped briefly and then took off again, speeding down Heckle Boulevard, the report states. Police followed the car, but the driver became reckless amid heavy traffic, authorities said. Police stopped the pursuit, but relayed to dispatch the suspects’ last known location. Minutes later, a man flagged officers down at Wilson and Main streets.

The man told police that a black Oldsmobile drove the red light at the intersection and hit his van on the driver’s side, the report states. Police surveyed the area and spotted the suspect again. Another chase ensued, until the driver, identified as Zekiya Knox, got out the car and began running away. Police caught up with her and arrested her, charging her with shoplifting, failure to stop for a blue light and leaving the scene of an accident.

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