Rock Hill police chase ends in brier patch

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMarch 11, 2013 

— A Rock Hill man accused of stealing from BiLo led police on a chase through a brier patch before a police officer stunned him with a Taser and put him in cuffs on Sunday.

Roderick Whitlock, 30, of 195 Porter Road is charged with shoplifting and resisting police, according to a Rock Hill Police report. He’s since been released from jail on a $2,000 bond.

Sometime after 5:30 p.m., police circulated the area of Firetower Road and East Main Street after receiving word that someone stole a beard trimmer and then headed toward a nearby carwash, the report states. A man washing his car told police he saw Roderick run behind the car wash.

That’s when Roderick led police on a chase through the carwash and toward an industrial building. When officers cornered him, Roderick “entered” a brier patch, the report states.

An officer followed Roderick into the patch. Roderick ignored the officer’s commands to stay put, even as the officer warned he’d deploy a Taser if Roderick didn’t stop.

When Roderick reached for something at his waistline, the officer fired the Taser, the report states. Another officer arrived on scene and helped police get Roderick out of the briers and into a patrol car. Police say Roderick stole Gorilla Glue, a bolt lock, cell phone pouch and Gillette Fusion ProGlide beard trimmer.

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