Police: Clover man shoplifted beer, crashes with tractor-trailer while fleeing in Tuesday’s snow storm

adys@heraldonline.comFebruary 1, 2014 

— A Clover man attempting to flee a convenience store after allegedly stealing $30 worth of beer during Tuesday’s snowstorm lost control of his getaway car on the icy road and crashed into a tractor-trailer, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.

In the incident after 10 p.m. Tuesday during a storm that dropped around two inches of snow, police said Jeremy Ryan Smith, 19, shoplifted an 18-pack of Bud Light beer worth $13 and a case of Bud Light worth $17 from the Hot Spot store on U.S. 321 near the North Carolina state line. Smith attempted to flee onto the highway before his 2005 Toyota skidded on the road and hit an 18-wheeler, police said.

Responding police found Smith after he had left the area of the collision on foot, the report states. S.C. Highway Patrol troopers cited Smith for the traffic collision, then deputies charged him with shoplifting, according to the report.

Smith was released from the York County Detention center Wednesday after posting $2,130 bond, according to jail officials.

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