Video Shows Suspect Steal Mt. Pleasant Police Cruiser, Crash Through Backyard
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (ALEX HEATON, WTAT-TV) — Mount Pleasant police have released drone and dash camera video of a burglary suspect who slipped out of his handcuffs, stole a police cruiser, and eventually crashed the vehicle.
Phillip Sprouse was pulled over in Mount Pleasant on Friday after they were called to investigate a suspicious vehicle on Copahee Sound Drive. When approaching the vehicle, officers said they smelled a strong odor of marijuana and found two men inside who seemed impaired and nervous.
After questioning the men the officers searched the vehicle and found a loaded .22 pistol and a piece of paper with an address on it which matched the address of a recent burglary.
Noland Clark, who was in the vehicle with Sprouse was taken to the hospital after complaining of a medical issue.
Sprouse was handcuffed and placed in the back of the cruiser. Officers thought he was secure but as the new video shows it appears that he definitely was not.
In the dashcam video, you can see Sprouse slip out of his handcuffs, climb through the window and get into the driver’s seat. He then revved the engine and crashed the cruiser into the back of another.
That is when he took off towards officers. He jumped a curb and the sidewalk, even taking the cruiser airborne at one point before crashing through a backyard, through a fence, over an embankment, and into some trees.
Sprouse climbed out of the vehicle and ran on foot. He was later captured in Cherokee County.
Sprouse will be transferred back to Charleston County where he faces several charges including grand larceny. We are told more charges are likely to be filed.
Mount Pleasant Police say due to the on-going investigation and an internal investigation no further information is available.