Woman Facing Additional Charges After Tuesday’s High-Speed Chase
MONROE, NC — A woman who led authorities on a multi-county high speed pursuit Tuesday afternoon is now facing additional charges.
Union County Sheriff’s deputies say they executed a search warrant on Amanda Sawyer’s vehicle Thursday and found several boxes of DeWalt power tools and a Milwaukee M18 fuel combo kit. The items had been reportedly stolen from Home Depot stores in Burlington and High Point, and have an estimated value of over $5,000.
Deputies say they also found a small amount of marijuana inside the vehicle during the search.
Around 3:30pm Tuesday, the CMPD aviation unit began pursuing Sawyer, who was wanted on several outstanding felony warrants. Though CMPD ground units never engaged Sawyer in pursuit, she began speeding and driving erratically through traffic.
The chase ended in Union County after 30-year-old Sawyer collided with another SUV at the intersection of US 74 and Dickerson Boulevard.
While taking Sawyer into custody, authorities realized two children were also in the backseat of her vehicle. The children were not injured, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, and were released into the custody of family members.
Detectives in Union County say Sawyer has also been connected to a fraud case that occurred in Indian Trail back in July. Sawyer allegedly used a stolen identity to open a fraudulent account at a Walmart, and then purchased around $1,500 worth of merchandise.
Sawyer is facing multiple charges that include Possession of Stolen Goods, Simple Possession of Marijuana, Identity Theft, Obtaining Property Under False Pretenses, multiple counts of Larceny, Child Abuse, Conspiracy to Commit Felonies and Misdemeanors, as well as multiple traffic violations related to the chase.
Officials say High Point and Burlington Police are also pursing additional charges related to the crimes at Home Depot. According to a release, a Home Depot Corporate Investigator says Sawyer has stolen over $100,000 in merchandise over the past year.
The investigations are ongoing.