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Teens arrested after high-speed chase ends with utility pole crash on Highway 544

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Two teens have been arrested after a high-speed chase ended with a crash on Highway 544 Tuesday morning.

Christopher Brandon Michael, 19, of Powder Springs, Ga., and a 14-year-old boy were taken into custody, according to Horry County police.

The incident started shortly after midnight when Horry County officers were called about a speeding car that didn't stop for a Highway Patrol unit on U.S. Highway 501.

An Horry County officer then spotted the car going close to 90 mph on Highway 501 near Academy Drive, according to the police report.

The officer activated his blue lights and followed the car, which was going 110 mph on Highway 501, according to a police report.

The car turned into Tanger Outlets and drove through the parking lot before getting back onto Highway 501 and then getting onto S.C. 31 south bound, according to the police report.

The officer says in the report that the car was going 115 mph on Highway 31.

When the driver tried to exit Highway 31 at S.C. 544, they lost control of the car and hit a utility pole.

The passengers ran from the scene while officers made their way around the power lines to the vehicle, according to the report.

Officers then learned that the car had been reported stolen out of Cobb County, Ga.

Later on Tuesday, officers were called to the Peachtree Lane area for a report of suspicious people.

A man told officers two people stole drinks from the PG store and then ran into his back yard.

The two reportedly told the man they came to the area from Spartanburg for a party and one of them got into a fight, which he said was the reason for the cuts on his face and forehead, according to the police report.

Responding officers went to the area, saw the two walking across a road and yelled for them to stop. The two ran away, but were caught a short time later.

One of the men, later identified as Michael, admitted that he was the driver during the earlier crash. Both he and the other teen asked for treatment for the injuries they sustained during the crash.

Highway 544 was closed for about 6 hours, from around 1 a.m. until around 7 a.m., because of the crash.

According to J Reuben Long Detention Center's website, Michael's charges are listed as hit and run, resulting in damage to attended vehicles and driving too fast for conditions.

A magistrate judge set his bond at $2,500 for the hit and run and $155 for driving too fast for conditions. But, because there are other charges pending, he will not be released on bond.

According to the detention center, those other charges are contributing to the delinquency of a minor, failure to stop for a blue light, possession of a stolen vehicle and reckless driving.

The 14-year-old who was also taken into police custody is a juvenile, therefore ABC 15 does not have his name or any charges for him.

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