Video shows car leading Charleston deputies on 100 mph chase, striking patrol cars
A video released today by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office shows a chase Wednesday that reached 100 mph and did $60,000 in damage to vehicles involved.
Tewonna Lashay Sallie, 28, on North Charleston, who had a suspended driver’s license and was on probation for a breach of trust conviction, faces charges of failing to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension for the fourth time, expired vehicle tag and failure to surrender her expired driver’s license and license plate.
All the counts are misdemeanors.
Her Dodge Charger was first spotted on Savannah Highway in West Ashley, where a Charleston police officer noticed that a suspended license plate was affixed to the car.
But the Dodge didn’t pull over, and the officer let the car go onto Interstate 526.
Deputies from Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, who had been watching for the car after 6 p.m., got behind the Dodge near Leeds Avenue and, with blue lights flashing, followed it at 45 mph on I-526.
After it entered westbound I-26, “it was observed weaving in and out of traffic lanes, not signaling, traveling at speeds up to and over 100 mph,” an incident report stated.
From the Highway 52 exit, the Dodge continued to elude the authorities and eventually made it to Red Bank Road in Berkeley County.
The Dodge passed cars on the grassy shoulder and, at times, traveled on the wrong side of the street. The deputies did the same.
It made brief appearances in the parking lots of a Hardee’s, a Food Lion and Goose Creek High School. It reached 60 mph on residential streets, struck a wire fence, then barreled down Cranford Road, where Sallie once lived.
After screeching through a Sunoco gas station parking lot off Red Bank Road, the Dodge again turned onto Cranford Road. That’s when its right quarter panel struck a cruiser in its travel lane.
When the Dodge attempted a U-turn, it pulled into another cruiser’s path and crashed, prompting moans and groans from the injured deputy.
“Just sit tight and don’t move,” another deputy told her. “I’ve got EMS coming.”
Sallie was arrested after a “short struggle,” the report stated. She and the two deputies were briefly hospitalized as a precaution, but nobody was seriously hurt.
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