High-speed chase ends in arrest, deputies taken to hospital

(John Gaddy/WCIV)

By Stacy

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Blue and red lights lit the streets of a normally quiet part of Goose Creek Wednesday night.

"I think we're like on 'Cops' on TV! We've never seen anything like this in this neighborhood," resident Don Record said.

Originally, Charleston police tried to stop Tewonna Sallie, 28, for expired plates, officials said. She wouldn't pull over, so city police put out a "Be on the Look Out" call.

Charleston County sheriff's deputies picked up Sallie's red car on Interstate 526. They tried to pull her over, but instead she led them on a high-speed chase, officials said. From there, she took Interstate 26 to Highway 52, hit a few businesses, and eventually crashed in to two sheriff's deputies' vehicles in a Goose Creek neighborhood, officials said.

At times, chase speeds reached 100 miles per hour.

Bond was set Thursday at $102,816 for Sallie.

Maj. Jim Brady of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office defended the deputies' choice to pursue Sallie.

"Sometimes they're going to do whatever they can to get away. We've got an obligation to also look at that, to stop that person and keep them from putting other people in danger," Brady said.

He said they also pursued because of Sallie's prior criminal record and some outstanding warrants in North Charleston.

But some who live in the neighborhood question whether it was the right choice.

Keith Nevers was playing football with children nearby when the collision occurred.

"They did a good job, just took too long. Should've maybe done it quicker. Maybe off North Rhett or one of the other roads," he said.

Still, others said police did their job before it was too late.

"The officer ran to stop it, which was a great job because there are too many young children in this area," said Record.

Neither of the deputies were seriously injured, officials said.