Deputies say Wake woman led police on 23-mile chase with 3 kids in car

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comJune 19, 2014 

Lavett Saddler, of Cary, was arrested early Wednesday after police said she led them on a 23-mile pursuit with three small children in her vehicle.

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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 Sheriff’s 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 Sheriff’s Office also tried to stop the vehicle without success. The pursuit ended when Anson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Donald Jenks put down spiked strips on the field, deflating the Tahoe’s 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 Sheriff’s 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 state’s “Run and You’re Done” law, authorities said.

Saddler was released on a $50,000 bond and has a court date of July 24 in Monroe.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle

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