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Sheriff: Woman charged after nearly wrong-way chase, crash in Cherokee Co.

Posted: Updated: May 6, 2014 07:23 AM
Scene of the crash along the I-85 frontage exit. (May 5, 2014/FOX Carolina) Scene of the crash along the I-85 frontage exit. (May 5, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Lisa Ann Mott (Source: Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Office) Lisa Ann Mott (Source: Cherokee Co. Sheriff's Office)
Exit 83 is closed at the scene of the crash. (May 5, 2014/SC DOT) Exit 83 is closed at the scene of the crash. (May 5, 2014/SC DOT)
COWPENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A woman is facing multiple charges after a chase ended in a crash on an Interstate 85 on-ramp on Monday morning.

Cherokee County deputies said one of their officers tried to pull over a driver for speeding along Highway 18 North, but the subject failed to stop and took off.

Sheriff Steve Mueller said the driver was speeding in excess of 70 mph and the chase continued onto southbound I-85 at mile marker 96. The suspect then got off at exit 87.

He said the woman was driving recklessly, forcing other drivers off the road, so an officer tried to forcibly stop the suspect at the four-way stop at Macedonia and Old Metal Road.

Mueller said the suspect was able to keep going, headed back towards I-85. He said she drove between the church and Mr. Waffle Truck stop, headed the wrong way towards I-85 at southbound exit- 83.

Because she was headed the wrong way, an officer tried to spin her out again, Mueller said.

"The shift lieutenant made the decision they needed to stop her, keep her from hitting someone head-on" Mueller said.

He said she was able to keep going, though she was turned back south, headed the right direction. The officer forcibly stopped the car for a third time, hitting it and causing the car to crash into the fence, overturning along the exit ramp, Mueller said.

Turner said no deputies were injured in the crash and the driver who fled was taken to the hospital with minor lacerations to her legs.

"It could've been a whole lot worse," Mueller said. "She could've easily killed innocent individuals out there today."

He also said police found methamphetamine, marijuana and pills at the scene and paramedics found meth in her jeans at the hospital. They are waiting on drug results to come back to see if she was under the influence anything at the time of the chase and crash, which could take several weeks to come back, Mueller said.

Mueller said the driver, 48-year-old Lisa Ann Mott, has been charged with driving under suspension, speeding, failure to stop for blue lights and siren, trafficking crystal meth, possession of a controlled substance and she was wanted for a probation violation in North Carolina. 

She was released from the hospital and booked into the county jail Monday evening.

The sheriff's office said no officers or citizens were injured in the incident.

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