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"Is this going to be on the news?" grandmother asks after police chase

Dashcam video of arrest of Susie Thomas (Source: Sumter Police Dept.) Dashcam video of arrest of Susie Thomas (Source: Sumter Police Dept.)
Susie Thomas (Source: Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center) Susie Thomas (Source: Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center)
SUMTER, SC (WIS) -

Crossing the center line, running several stop signs and almost crashing twice...all after a Sumter Police officer reported watching 41-year-old Susie Thomas run a red light while on her cell phone. 

WIS obtained police dashcam video of the chase and arrest. 

The high-speed and dangerous chase last week came to an end with an abrupt stop, and officers with their guns drawn.

That's when police found a crying 4-year-old girl in the back seat of her grandmother's car, where she had been for this entire chase -- not even buckled in.

"Why did you do this?"  asked the officer on the video.

"Because I knew that I had warrants," answered Thomas.

Warrants in Sumter, Florence and Saluda counties, and in the cities of Sumter, Hartsville, and Johnsonville, where police say Thomas is accused of forgery and counterfeiting.

"Really Susie, what has I got myself into?" she asked herself on the tape.

After she was arrested, Thomas showed concern for her granddaughter.

"Is she still crying?" she asked the officer.

From the back of a patrol car, Thomas told the officer she served 13-14 months in prison on forgery charges. In fact, Thomas told the officer a lot.

"I ain't got time for the Sumter County jail," she said.

She did have time for an apology, almost.

"I feel real bad, especially for knowing how fast things can happen. I mean, I'm not a stupid person, but I was real stupid today," she said.

"People have their moments," said the officer.

"Well this was a big, dumb moment," said Thomas.

Charged with failing to stop for blue lights, running a red light, reckless driving, child endangerment, and driving with a suspended license, Thomas' concern:

"Is this going to be on the news?"

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