Man who fled on foot after crashing stolen vehicle on Socastee Blvd now in custody

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HORRY CO, SC (WBTW) – A man who allegedly stole a vehicle and took out utility lines in a crash on Socastee Boulevard, is in custody after a search.

John Hancock, 29, of Goose Creek, originally fled Horry County police in a stolen vehicle at about 4:15 p.m., police said. The victim said he was delivering some materials when his employer’s truck was stolen.

Paul Hancock booking photo, courtesy of J. Reuben Long Detention Center

Surveillance cameras showed a male police say was Hancock, holding an umbrella and wearing gray pants, white shirt and a hat get into the vehicle, according to the police report. Hancock then crashed into utility lines at Socastee Boulevard near Creon Street, and then ran on foot, according to police.

Around 6 p.m., News13 reporter Maria DeBone saw members of the SWAT unit with guns and a dog leading them into woods.

The Horry County Police Department posted a video of the Bloodhound Unit a short time later.

The search was suspended at about 7 p.m. Wednesday night due to conditions but at 8 p.m. police announced Hancock was located and taken into custody.

Traffic had been backed up for hours in the area. Socastee Boulevard was closed and an advisory was issued to avoid the area. No injuries were reported. Socastee Blvd reopened just before 9:30 p.m. according to a News13 crew on the scene.

Horry Electric crews worked to repair downed lines. Santee Cooper reported more than 600 power outages in the afternoon but those had cleared up by 6:30 p.m.

Hancock is facing charges of malicious injury to telephone, telegraph or electric utility system; failure to stop for a blue light and possession or disposal of a stolen vehicle valued at $1,000 or less.

He is awaiting trial at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, and no bail has been set.

Police are asking anyone who sees suspicious activity to call 843-248-1520.

Count on News13 for updates at as we work to learn more.

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