ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) — Police say a woman suspected of leading an officer on a high-speed chase while drunk is still in the hospital.
The pursuit ended in a crash early Sunday morning.
An officer saw a vehicle speed down North Main Street near QuikTrip around 5 a.m. Sunday, according to an incident report.
The driver was later identified as Caroline Michelle Vickery, 38, of Anderson.
After seeing the vehicle speed past him, the officer activated his blue lights and siren. But the driver began to speed up and ran at least three red lights as the officer pursued her down several streets for reckless driving, according to the report.
As the chase continued past B&B Sporting Goods and Pawn shop, the officer notified the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office of the pursuit.
Police say Vickery drove over the grass embankment at the Watson Village Shopping Center, continued through the shopping center parking lot and onto Dixie Road where the pursuit reached speeds of 70 miles per hour and continued onto several more streets, the report states.
The officer saw the driver start to swerve on White Street Extension as they approached Shockley Ferry Road. Vickery ran off the right side of the road, flipped several times and hit a power pole, the report states.
The driver was lying face down in the middle of the street when the officer approached the vehicle, according to the report.
The driver was conscious and told the officer that she was the only person in the vehicle. The officer said there a strong smell of alcohol coming from Vickery and he saw several beer bottles on the ground beside the wrecked vehicle.
Vickery was taken by ambulance to AnMed Hospital where she later consented to a blood alcohol test, the report states.
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