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      Man steals patrol car, leads multiple law enforcement agencies on a pursuit to NC

      Camilo Quiroga Diaz

      Around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Georgetown County Sheriff's Deputies were notified of mental commitment papers on a Surfside Beach man who walked away from the Waccamaw Community Hospital.

      Camilo Quiroga Diaz, 35, was spotted walking down Highway 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet.

      Sheriff's deputies tried to take Diaz into custody when a foot chase began, and that's when he got into a marked patrol unit vehicle and took off, according to deputies.

      Diaz drove the stolen patrol vehicle from Georgetown County to Highway 904 west of Tabor City, North Carolina where he was taken into custody by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

      Diaz was taken to the Georgetown County Detention Center. He faces Grand Larceny and Failure to Stop for Blue Lights charges.

      During the pursuit, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Horry County Police, Columbus County Sheriff's Office, and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

      This case is under administrative review as to the sheriff's deputy's actions before, during and after the vehicle was stolen, according to the GCSO.