A Wake County woman faces multiple charges after she allegedly led police on a 23-mile chase early Wednesday morning through Union and Anson counties with her three children in the car.
No injuries were reported in the incident, which took place on U.S. 74.
The Union County Sheriffs Office said the chain of events began early Wednesday when a deputy, who was using a radar gun on U.S. 74 near Rocky River Road, west of Monroe, noticed a white 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe pass him at a high speed.
The deputy began pursuing the vehicle and turned on his blue lights and siren. Investigators said the Tahoe then sped up, reaching speeds of up to 90 mph as it moved through Monroe, Wingate, Marshville, Peachland and Wadesboro.
Monroe police, the N.C. Highway Patrol and the Anson County Sheriffs Office also tried to stop the vehicle without success. The pursuit ended when Anson County Sheriffs Sgt. Donald Jenks put down spiked strips on the field, deflating the Tahoes tires. That took place near Anson High School Road, on the west side of Wadesboro.
Authorities said they discovered that three children ages 8, 3 and 7 weeks were in the vehicle.
The children were uninjured but visibly upset, said Union County Sheriffs Capt. Cody Luke.
The driver, identified as 37-year-old Lavett Dianne Saddler, of Cary, was taken into custody. The children were turned over to Anson County Department of Social Services.
Saddler was charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, and multiple traffic offenses. Her vehicle was seized under the states Run and Youre Done law, authorities said.
Saddler was released on a $50,000 bond and has a court date of July 24 in Monroe.
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