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Deputies: Woman arrested after leading deputies on chase for second time

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Thomason's mugshot after her January arrest Thomason's mugshot after her January arrest
Kay Thomason's Feb. 22 mugshot (Courtesy: Laurens Co. Detention Center) Kay Thomason's Feb. 22 mugshot (Courtesy: Laurens Co. Detention Center)
CLINTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Laurens County Sheriff's Office said a woman led them on a chase late Monday night and that it wasn't the first time she had done so. 

Deputies said a chase with Kay Thomason happened just after 10 p.m. on Monday.

Lt. Marty Crain said he was patrolling on Highway 76 when a car with tinted windows ran up very close to his bumper, then backed off and kept repeating those actions.

"It was almost like she wanted to run up and hit me and then backing off," Crain said.

Crain said rain was falling and he was driving below the speed limit, so he got over into the other lane to allow the vehicle to pass, but the vehicle got over behind him and continued to speed up on his bumper and then back off. Eventually, the car moved beside him and continued to veer toward him and then move away. Eventually, the car sped off and Crain said he activated his blue lights and stopped the vehicle.

He said Thomason was irate, yelling and cursing. Crain said he advised the woman to get out of the vehicle because that she was under arrest for reckless driving. Instead of getting out of the car, Crain said Thomason once again sped off, sparking a chase.

The chase continued into Clinton, where Crain said Thomason weaved her way through several side streets at speeds of up to 70 or 80 miles an hour.

The woman lost control of the car at a dead end. The car took out a manhole cover, jumped a creek and crashed on the other side of the creek just after 10:30 p.m. near Holly Street.

After deputies handcuffed the woman, Crain said she spat on him and another deputy.

Thomason was taken to the hospital to be checked out and then to the Ben Johnson Detention Center where she is expected to face charges Tuesday.
Crain said she is expected to be charged with reckless driving, failure to stop for blight, and aggravated assault on a police officer.

Deputies don't know what prompted the antics on Highway 76. Due to Thomason's irate and erratic behavior, deputies were unable to administer a breathalyzer but said a search of the car did not reveal any drugs or alcohol.

Back in January, Thomason was taken into custody after deputies say she lead them on a chase in a vehicle that only had three wheels. She was charged with failure to stop for blue light after that incident.

“The facts are, we have dealt with her in the past for a similar situation and it seems like it’s developing a pattern," Crain said.

Thomason is expected to face a judge Tuesday afternoon.

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