Quantcast

Suspected car thief tells police reason behind crime - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

Suspected car thief tells police he only steals cars if he's stranded

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A suspected car thief told North Charleston police detectives that he only steals cars when he's stranded and "has no way to get around."

The North Charleston Police Department arrested 27-year-old Timothy Terrell Smith on Monday and charged him with driving under suspension, possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to stop for a blue light and two counts of grand larceny.

Smith's bond was set at $41,122.50

Smith is accused of stealing a car last month and another in April. Court records state Smith told North Charleston detectives that he only steals cars when he's stranded and "has no way to get around."

Smith's arrest stems from an incident on July 23 where police attempted a traffic stop on a stolen motor vehicle in the area of Rivers Avenue. Police say the driver, Smith, failed to stop and sped off. During the chase, authorities say Smith almost crashed into a sign, and accelerated the vehicle up to speeds of 85 mph.

According to investigators, after Smith crashed into a sign in the area of Fairwind Drive, he got out and ran off. At the time, officers were unable to locate him.

Smith is also accused of stealing a car in the area of Quest Drive in North Charleston.

Copyright 2013 WCSC. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly