Suspect in cruiser theft apprehended. (July 10, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Kenneth Tollison (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
The Iva Police Dept. car is found and towed. (July 10, 2013/FOX Carolina)
IVA, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A patrol car was stolen in Anderson County, leading deputies and police on a chase that ended with a suspect in custody.
Anderson County deputies said Kenneth Tollison, 26, was arrested on forgery and giving false information charges, handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a patrol car and left alone.
Deputies said Tollison somehow got his cuffed hands to the front of him, possibly slipping his legs through his cuffed arms, then unlocked the door, got out of the car into the driver's seat, leading the officers on a chase that reached speeds of up to 85 mph.
Iva's police chief, Thomas Miller, said that officers eventually backed off from the chase because they said Tollison had "nothing to lose."
The car sped toward two officers at one point, swerving directly into the their path, so they ran off the road to avoid being struck by Tollison, deputies said.
The car got stuck in the mud at some point on Audobon Place and Tollison abandoned it and continued on foot, deputies said.
Authorities said Tollison was spotted a little later in a local neighborhood.
"My daughter was riding a bike up and down this road and by that time she hollered out at the top of her lungs 'there he is, there he is,'" said a witness, Drayton Fielding.
Deputies said a retired Anderson police officer also spotted Tollison walking around Audobon Place and Mellrich Road. They said the officer had a neighbor call 911 and confronted Tollison, who was still handcuffed and resisted, biting the officer and tried to take his weapon.
The officer held Tollison until deputies arrived and took him into custody, deputies said. Both men were taken to the hospital for treatment and released.
Officers had tracked him earlier with the assistance of K-9 units and helicopters, police said.
In addition to the original charges Tollison was arrested on, Iva police said he was charged with escape from custody, petit larceny for stealing the handcuffs, driving under suspension and reckless driving.
Deputies said Tollison was also charged with two counts of attempted murder, grand larceny and failure to stop for police officers.
Deputies filed a third charge of attempted murder against Tollison in the assault of the retired officer.
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