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Deputies: Man kidnaps woman, leads deputies on 2-county chase

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Henry Davis (Source: Newberry Co. Sheriff's Office) Henry Davis (Source: Newberry Co. Sheriff's Office)
NEWBERRY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A man led deputies and troopers on a two-county, high-speed chase after he was spotted kidnapping a woman Monday morning who had helped him raise money for his non-profit organization, according to Newberry County deputies.

Deputies said the victim began working with 50-year-old Henry Davis on Friday when he went to Augusta, GA, to pick her up to help him raise money for his nonprofit. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said the pair went to Greenville and other areas to collect money at shopping centers.

At some point the woman said she wanted to leave because she felt uncomfortable about the operation, Foster said. When she asked Davis to take her home, he refused and began driving in rural areas around the state, and finally landed in Newberry County where the reported kidnapping took place, according to deputies.

Foster said the woman tried to get away when Davis stopped to relieve himself. Deputies said that is when she got into the driver's seat to take off in the car, but unbeknownst to her, Davis jumped into the open trunk of the car before she left.

When the victim stopped for a school bus in Newberry, Davis got out of the trunk, shoved her from the driver's seat and took off with her still in the car, deputies said. Deputies said that is when an eyewitness who saw Davis get out of the trunk called 911 as did the victim, who told dispatchers Davis was holding her against her will.

When she called 911, deputies said Davis took the phone from her and told them he was on a mission and this situation was not going to end well.

The car was spotted by a deputy and a chase ensued when Davis would not stop for blue lights, according to deputies. They said Davis led them on a 40-minute long chase into Saluda County that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.

The chase ended after Davis hit a trooper's car and Saluda police laid down stop sticks, flattening the tires until he stopped, deputies said.

Deputies said Davis, who is from Cheraw, has a prior criminal history including sexual assault, burglary, armed robbery and impersonating a police officer.

Davis is being held at the Newberry County Detention Center on charges of failure to stop for law enforcement vehicle and driving under suspension. Deputies said charges were pending on kidnapping and assault and battery first degree.

Deputies said the car was a rental from Greenville and when he was arrested, Davis did not have a weapon on him.

Officers with the Newberry County Sheriff's Office, Newberry City Police Department, Saluda County Sheriff's Office, Saluda Police Department and the South Carolina Highway Patrol were all involved in the chase.

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