Lawyer for high speed chase suspect blames pain meds for bad judgement

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)-- The attorney for Timothy McManus, the suspect apprehended by Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies following a high speed chase, has released a statement on behalf of his client.

"Mr. McManus did irreparable harm to himself as a motocross driver when he was young. Without availability to healthcare his chronic pain led him to abuse prescription pain killers, which has apparently affected his judgment. Despite this fact, his wife has told me that he remains a loving family man dedicated to taking care of her and his children. I have known Shawn's family for many years and my hope is that he can get the help that he needs so that he can be there for them. He has told me that his family is the most important thing in his life and he hopes he can make things right. I have spoken at length with his family and they stand by him and miss him dearly. {}Mr. McManus states the following "I apologize for my actions. When the blue light hit me, I was headed to work, and all I could think about was that I was going to go to jail instead of to work and I freaked out. I never meant to put anybody in danger."As the father of 2 teenage children who travel Highway 17 and Highway 41 on a daily basis I must admit that I am quite disturbed by my client's actions but I can't help to wonder why the Sheriff's Department acted in the way that they did when apparently the Mount Pleasant Police had dealt with Shawn in the past and knew exactly where he lived. Shawn is slowly recuperating from the injuries he suffered at the hands of an overzealous Sheriff's Department. He is complaining of numbness in his hand which could mean nerve damage but we all remain hopeful that he will not suffer permanent damage. (signed) W. David Johnson, Attorney at Law"31 year-old Timothy Shawn McManus has multiple arrests on his record, some driving related, dating back to 2002. He was charged with failure to stop for officers, reckless driving, driving under suspension, and resisting arrest. His bond was set at more than $100,000. At an emergency press conference on Feb. 1st, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon admitted he slapped McManus who was handcuffed in the back of the sheriff's car.The next day, the sheriff's office released dash cam video of McManus's capture which showed police striking the suspect and setting a K9 officer on him while he was on the ground.