Crime

Homeless woman steals patrol car, leads chase through several Upstate counties

CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) - A homeless woman was arrested Saturday after Cherokee County deputies said she stole a patrol car. 

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said a deputy responded at about 6:39 a.m. to a suspicious person report at Mary Black Gaffney Hospital. 

While the deputy was in the emergency room, Kim Marie Dye, 55, of Gaffney, got into the patrol car and drove away, according to the sheriff's office. 

Deputies said Gaffney Police saw the car on US 29 a few minutes after it was reported stolen. 

While being chased on US 29, Dye hit another vehicle and continued traveling into Spartanburg County, deputies said. 

The chase continued into Union County before Dye drove over spike strips on US 176, deputies said. 

According to deputies, Dye wrecked the vehicle and hit a Spartanburg County deputy's vehicle. 

Dye was transported to a hospital in Union for minor injuries, deputies said. 

No officers were injured during the chase. 

The sheriff's office said Dye will be facing charges from several agencies that were involved in the chase. 

The South Carolina Highway Patrol will continue to investigate the crash. 


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