Wal-Mart shoplifting suspect flees police, crashes car after chase

MCCRAY, SCOTT DANIELThe Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a Fishersville man on a slew of charges after an ill-fated escape attempt from officers trying to stop him for shoplifting.

Officers arrested Scott Daniel McCray, 32 years old, on six misdemeanor charges and one traffic summons after yesterday afternoon’s incident that began at the Waynesboro Walmart and ended at the intersection of Lew DeWitt Boulevard and Bookerdale Road where McCray crashed his vehicle.

On July 31 at approximately 2:45 p.m., officers responded to Walmart, 116 Lucy Lane, for a report of a shoplifter (McCray) that was fleeing from the store’s loss prevention officers.  A description of McCray was broadcast to the officers who found him as he had just gotten into a 2004 Hyundai Elantra.  Before officers could stop him, he backed his vehicle into another parked vehicle causing $950 in damages and sped off the lot.  Another officer near Rosser Avenue and Lew DeWitt Blvd saw McCray’s vehicle turn from Lucy Lane onto Lew DeWitt Blvd in a reckless manner, i.e. sliding sideways.  The officer attempted to catch up with McCray’s vehicle but estimated he was going near 80 MPH on Lew DeWitt Blvd.  At the intersection of Lew DeWitt Blvd & Bookerdale Rd, McCray lost control of his vehicle striking the curb and guardrail.  After crashing his vehicle, McCray attempted to jump over the guardrail to escape but fell flat on his back and was taken into custody.

The Waynesboro First Aid Crew, with an accompanying police officer, transported McCray to Augusta Health’s Emergency Department because he was complaining of pain from the crash.  He was treated and released into police custody then transported to Middle River Regional Jail.

McCray is facing the following misdemeanor charges:

  • Petit Larceny;
  • Eluding;
  • Drive Under the Influence of Alcohol;
  • Reckless Driving;
  • Drive on a Suspended License;
  • Hit & Run;
  • Failure to wear a seat belt (TI).

He is now free on a $2,500 bond.

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