Repeat offender charged in 7-vehicle pileup

A stolen car driven by a woman with a rap sheet that spans nearly two decades is believed to be at the center of a seven-car wreck that snarled rush-hour traffic on Interstate 26 for more than three hours Wednesday morning.

Charleston County sheriff's deputies arrested Pamela Habersham, 36, of Out Reach Lane in Beaufort, about an hour after they say she walked away from the wreck that injured four people and jammed eastbound traffic for miles.

Habersham is charged with leaving the scene of a collision with personal injury, second-offense driving under suspension, and reckless driving, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The wreck happened about 6 a.m. near Interstate 526.

Deputies eventually found her at the corner of Fain Street and Aviation Avenue, Maj. Jim Brady said.

She was being held at the Cannon Detention Center on two outstanding traffic tickets for Port Royal police officers.

Habersham has been arrested more than 50 times since 1993, with multiple convictions for assault and battery, trespassing, soliciting rides and public disorderly conduct. She's also been convicted once each of DUI and assault upon a corrections employee, according to a State Law Enforcement Division criminal history check.

She's somewhat of a local celebrity in Port Royal: A Facebook page documenting her arrests has been up since April.

S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Bob Beres said the patrol still is investigating what caused the crash that backed up not only the interstate but alternate routes even after the scene was cleared.