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TCPD takes two-county break-in suspect into custody minutes after BOLO


     Passing through Tabor City just minutes after officers were given a BOLO (be on the lookout) notice related to a series of break-ins in Columbus and Horry counties ended with a low-speed vehicle pursuit and a short-lived foot chase with a local man in custody after being tazed Wednesday evenings.

     Xavier McClain, 43, of who shows addresses on Pete Circle, Tabor City and East 3rd Avenue in Chadbourn, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, driving without a license, fictitious or altered license plate or registration, and on warrants for breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, assault on an individual with a disability, and two counts of damage to property, the July 21 report by Officer Nick Forster and Columbus County Detention Center reports show.

     Forster spotted a 2005 Toyota Scion driven by McClean at about 7:30 p.m., shortly after receiving the BOLO notice, the report said. When the officer ran the plates, it came back to another vehicle that was subsequently determined to be missing from a Lumberton car lot.

     McClain slowed but did not stop for the blue light and siren, eventually crossing into the southbound lane on US 701 Bypass and into an empty field near Avon Street, where McClain left the Toyota and fled no foot into a tree line.

     Forster tripped and fell during the pursuit, his body camera dislodging, then continued the chase which ended when the officer fired his Tazer, McClain “positively impacted with the taser probes, making contact with the ground and advised the he was done,” the report said.

     McClain declined medical attention from an ambulance crew and was taken to the Columbus County Detention Center where bond was set at $13,500.

     Look for more on this story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.