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Woman accused of leading police on chase with grandchild in car

Susie Thomas (Source: Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center) Susie Thomas (Source: Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center)

This is where is started. At Guignard Drive and Oakland Avenue in Sumter, when a police officer reported watching  41-year-old Susie Thomas roll through the red light while talking on her cell phone. That officer took off after her, turning on his blue lights, and pulling Thomas over at a gas station a few blocks away.

But according to the Sumter Police Department incident report, that's not where the chase ended. Police say Thomas took off, leading the officer on a high speed chase that got up to 100 miles per hour.

Eventually other officers got involved, including Sumter County Sheriff's deputies.

Police say the grandmother weaved in and out of traffic, crossing the yellow line, even causing a crash, but she kept going. When she eventually stopped on Bethel Church Road, that's when police found the four- year-old girl in the car, not wearing a seat belt.

Thomas was arrested on charges of failing to stop for blue lights, and child endangerment, but that's just two of the charges she's now facing. Thomas is wanted in Sumter County, Florence County, Saluda County, Hartsville, and Johnsonville,  for forgery and counterfeit charges.

When Thomas was brought back to the Sumter Police Station, they called the 4-year-old's mom to come pick her daughter up. Police then realized the mom was wanted too.

DSS placed the child in the care of another family member.

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