Police: Handcuffed shoplifter attempts getaway in stolen cop car, crashes into fence

Police: Handcuffed shoplifter attempts getaway in stolen cop car, crashes into fence
Ashley Hardwick. (Source: Walterboro PD)
Ashley Hardwick. (Source: Walterboro PD)

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Officers responding to a shoplifting call at a Walterboro Walmart were taken on a wild ride Wednesday after the handcuffed suspect reportedly managed to steal a patrol car, which he later crashed into a fence.

According to Walterboro Police Department, officers were arresting a female shoplifting suspect at Walmart when they were notified a second shoplifting was in progress at the store.

A release states officers attempted to detain the second suspect, who immediately began resisting arrest and tried to pull out a gun he had located on his side. Police say they were able to get the gun away, put the suspect in handcuffs, and place him in the back seat of a police cruiser.

While walking around to get into the car, police say the suspect, identified as Jordan Blackwell, slipped the handcuffs from behind his back, climbed through the divider separating the front and back seats, and got into the driver's seat of the vehicle.

Blackwell reportedly began to drive away, at which point one officer grabbed onto the driver's side door while another officer climbed into the front passenger seat. The officer on the driver's side door had to let go after the vehicle sped up.

According to the release, Blackwell drove the cruiser into a pole and a fence before the vehicle came to a stop. He was then detained once again.

The officer inside the vehicle received minor cuts to his face, while the other officer received minor injuries to his knee and hip after letting go of the cruiser, which was heavily damaged in the crash.

Blackwell, who reportedly told cops he was coming off of heroin, complained of shoulder pain from the wreck.

Police say Blackwell, who is from Fayetteville, North Carolina, is wanted in North Carolina for obstructing court order, and appeared to have been passing through Walterboro when the incident occurred.

Blackwell was charged with two counts of attempted murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol, grand larceny, resisting arrest, and multiple counts of possession of stolen property.

The female shoplifting suspect, identified by police as 24-year-old Ashley Hardwick, was charged with two counts of shoplifting, possession of stolen property, open container, and public drunkenness.

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