Sheriff calls high speed chase suspect 'crazy'

By Eric

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The man who led deputies on a dangerous, high speed chase appeared before a judge Tuesday in North Charleston. Timothy McManus, 31, led deputies through the Francis Marion forest and was shot at by Charleston County Sheriff, Al Cannon.

The judge said it was a miracle no one was killed during the chase. It's not clear why McManus ran from the cops, but it's also not the first time he's been arrested.

According to radio transmissions obtained by ABC News 4 from the sheriff's office, Cannon started following McManus in Mount Pleasant.

"He just passed the Isle of Palms Connector," said Cannon, while in pursuit. "He is walking (driving) away from me, in and out of cars."

McManus repeatedly was clocked at speeds faster than 100 mph.

"Traffic is heavy but he is in and out, cutting cars off," Cannon said. "This subject is crazy, he's driving cars off the road."

McManus then led deputies down Highway 17 and 41, and finally in the direction the national forest. Deputies say he ran multiple red lights and avoided a series of stop sticks, designed to slow him down.

"He did not hit the stop sticks, he did not hit the stop sticks," screamed one deputy on the transmission. "He's going north on 17, north on 17!"

Finally, Cannon tried to stop McManus near Steed Creek Road. But the man on the run kept running. He drove his truck right for the sheriff.

"He's coming back on the dirt road, the vehicle has turned around," the dispatcher warned.

"Car one fired at his tires," Cannon said, after shooting at McManus.

Moments later, more deputies fired at McManus' truck. The rounds hit the tires.

McManus was arrested near Willow Hall Road, with the help of a canine.

"Canine deployed, canine deployed, send highway patrol for an accident. Go ahead and send EMS for dog bite," said a deputy.

According to deputies, McManus' highest speed was clocked at 126 mph.

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.

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