Susie Loretta Oaks-Thomas (Image: Sumter County Detention Center)
Sumter, SC (WLTX) - Sumter police have arrested a woman they say led them on a chase that reached speeds up to 100 miles an hour--all while a child was inside her vehicle.
Officers took 41-year-old Susie Loretta Oaks-Thomas into custody after an incident that took place on August 29th just after 1 p.m.
According to an incident report, an officer saw Thomas drive through a red light at Guignard Drive and Oakland Avenue while talking on a cell phone. The officer turned on his blue lights and attempted to stop her, but the report says she kept driving.
The report says during the pursuit, the woman crossed the center line several times, swerved between two vehicles, and went through another stop sign.
Other law enforcement vehicles joined the pursuit, and officers say at one point, Thomas's vehicle drove at a speed of 100 miles an hour.
The vehicle finally stopped on Bethel Church Road. Officers say when they looked insider her car, they found her four-year-old granddaughter unrestrained in the vehicle.
The report says Thomas was wanted on other charges as well. Officers took the child to her mother, but say they realized that woman was wanted by Florence County deputies. She was then taken into custody.
The child was then given to the Department of Social Services, who then placed the girl with a family member.