NMB Officer Praised for Rescuing Kidnapped Getaway Driver

The officer noticed a driver who "appeared distressed," and silently mouthed "help me" multiple times.

A North Myrtle Beach officer is being recognized for her recent patrol last month. A traffic stop conducted by Officer Wallace led to the rescue of a woman who was allegedly forced to drive a shooting suspect away from a crime scene. The North Myrtle Beach Police Department recognized the officer on Facebook for her actions during the early morning hours on May 28th. around 5:30 a.m. Wallace stopped a white Jeep that drove through a red light at an intersection on Highway 17. While speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, the officer noticed the woman driving “appeared distressed,” and silently mouthed “help me” multiple times. The passenger, 29-year-old Collins Bates was arrested in connection with a shooting outside The Waterway House in the Myrtle Beach area. He allegedly shot someone and then forced the woman to drive him away from the scene. Bates is currently at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center facing multiple charges and is being held without bond.