A Georgetown County deputy's actions are under review after an escaped mental patient jumped into a patrol car and drove off Sunday morning.
About 8:30 a.m., deputies were notified that a mental patient had walked away from the Waccamaw Community Hospital, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies spotted the man walking along Highway 17 bypass in Murrells Inlet and tried to take him into custody. The man took off running, leading deputies on a foot chase. He managed to circle back and jump into a marked patrol car and drive off.
The Sheriff's Office, the S.C. Highway Patrol, the Horry County Police Department, the Columbus County Sheriff's Office and the N.C. Hghway Patrol took part in the pursuit. The N.C. Highway Patrol took the suspect into custody on Highway 904 west of Tabor City, N.C., according to the Sheriff's Office.
Camilo Quiroga Diaz, 35, of Surfside Beach was charged with grand larceny and failure to stop for blue lights.
The Sheriff's Office is reviewing the deputy's actions before, during and after the vehicle was stolen.
Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.