High-speed chase - again; released on bond
Authorities have arrested a Laurens area woman again for leading them on a high-speed chase.
Kay Thomason is in the Johnson Detention Center awaiting the serving of warrants in connection with a chase Monday night. Officers knew she was a suspect with whom they had dealings a short while back during another high-speed incident.
A report said Thomason’s car crashed through a manhole grate and jumped a creek in her latest driving escapade.
The incident started on Hwy 76 near Laurens County Memorial Hospital as an officer saw a vehicle get close to the rear of his car and then back off several times. The officer turned onto Charlotte’s Road near Clinton, and the vehicle also turned onto the road.
The vehicle passed the patrol car, and the officer initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle stopped and the officer saw the driver was a woman authorities previously had an interaction with - a Clinton officer joined the scene at this time.
The driver yelled at the officers, made accusations, refused to exit the vehicle, said she would sue the county for stopping her, cursed and then sped off. Speeds reached more than 100 mph as the chase progressed.
The driver went onto South Broad Street in Clinton, continued on several city streets and crashed at the end of dead-end Holly Street, a report said. The suspect ran into a creek to avoid officers, and a Clinton officer brought up back up an embarkment, where she was detained.
She spit on officers. Possible charges in addition to traffic citations could include aggravated assault, resisting arrest and failure to stop, a report said.
Charges are still pending, according to the Johnson Detention Center’s on-line inmates list, which lists Thomason's age as 29 and her address as 535 Thomason Road, Laurens. She has not yet been to court on charges in January, stemming from an incident in which she allegedly drove her car on three wheels in a reckless manner.
A report attributed to the State Law Enforcement Division said Thomason was arrested Jan. 7 for reckless driving, and arrested by Clinton Police Feb. 2 for driving under the influence.
A separate report said Darrius L. Spurgeon, 24, of 803 Milton Rd., Joanna, has been arrested and charged after allegedly failing to stop for a blue light. According to the Johnson Detention Center on-line, Spurgeon is charged with driving under suspension, failure to stop (no injury), speeding and child endangerment.
He sped away from a Highway Patrol trooper Tuesday morning on Hwy 76, after passing the trooper’s vehicle, a report said. The trooper initiated a traffic stop, and Spurgeon stopped and got out of his vehicle. The suspect got back in the car and left, and a 1-minute chase was suspended because Spurgeon and the trooper were speeding into the City of Laurens.
Spurgeon crashed his car into another vehicle, a report said.