Chief: Cop fires gun at car to prevent being run over by suspect

Christopher Clark (Source: Surfside Beach Police)
Christopher Clark (Source: Surfside Beach Police)

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WCSC) - A Myrtle Beach man is in jail after Surfside Beach's police chief says he sped off from several officers early Tuesday morning. Chief Mike Frederick says one officer even had to fire his gun to prevent being run over.

According to police, an officer tried to pull over 32-year-old Christopher Clark around 2 a.m. after seeing him weaving wildly. As the officer approached the car, Clark sped off. After following him for several minutes, the driver stopped again, and a second officer approached the car.

Frederick says when the second officer walked toward the car, the tires began spinning and the car swung toward the officer. The officer then shot at the car to stop it from hitting him. The suspect was not hit, and police say he sped off again.

A third officer was able to stop Clark a few blocks away. After a short foot pursuit, he was arrested.

"We're obviously very happy that our officer wasn't injured," Frederick added. "Our preliminary review is underway, but we will not release our findings prior to the completion of the outside review."

Clark is facing a number of charges, including driving under the influence, driving under suspension, failure to stop for blue lights and resisting arrest. Clark was also wanted for failing to appear in court in West Virginia on narcotics charges.

As part of standard procedure, the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident because the officer fired his gun.

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