Greenville woman leads police on chase before fiery crash, officer also hurt

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) — Police say a Greenville woman led officers on a chase with speeds reaching 120 miles per hour before she and another person were pulled from a fiery crash by officers.

Greenville Police Department said in a news release that officers received a report of a person threatening a bartender with a weapon at the Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant on Chrome Drive on Tuesday night. 

Police say the suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Gwendolyn Robinson, left the scene. 

Officers tried to stop her car on Woodruff Road near I-385. That’s when they say she fled on northbound I-385, leading police on a chase with speeds between 80 and 120 mph. 

About four minutes after the chase began, police say Robinson lost control of her car and crashed into concrete barriers at the I-385/Pleasantburg Interchange.

During the chase, a police officer also lost control of his vehicle and hit a small Crepe Myrtle tree in the median. 

Robinson’s car caught on fire. Police say she and a passenger believed to be her sister were pulled from the burning car. 

Both women were taken to a hospital. 

Their injuries are described as non-life threatening. 

After she’s released from the hospital, police say Robinson faces charges of  pointing and presenting a firearm, unlawful carrying of a firearm, felony DUI with great bodily injury, failure to stop for police with great bodily injury, and driving under suspension. 

Police say there’s also an active warrant for Robinson on a charge of second-degree assault that allegedly happened earlier this month in Greenville County. 

The police officer who wrecked is sore. He’s expected to be OK, and his patrol vehicle had minor damage.

The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. 

Greenville Police Department is also conducting an internal investigation, which is routine procedure in pursuits involving a collision. 

The N. Pleasantburg Drive on-ramp to I-385 Northbound was closed overnight for the investigation. It reopened around 6 a.m. Wednesday. 

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