Here’s how Beaufort County police decide when to start — and stop — high speed chases
An Orangeburg County woman was arrested on July 16 after she led police on a pursuit and told an accomplice on a motorcycle to shoot at the deputies during the chase, according to a news release from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.
Rachael Ashley Rountree, 27, faces at least eight charges in the incident, including possession of a stolen vehicle; simple possession of marijuana; possession of a stolen pistol; unlawful carrying of a pistol; second-offense driving under suspension; possession of a Schedule-II narcotic; possession of methamphetamine; and failure to stop for blue lights and siren.
Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office tried to initiate a traffic stop on a car stolen from Hardeeville, which Roundtree was driving, when she led them on a pursuit into Hampton County, the release said. A call to the Sheriff’s Office about the pursuit was not immediately returned Tuesday.
During the chase, Roundtree had a “male accomplice ... fire gunshots at the pursuing deputies,” the release said.
Roundtree eventually struck a deputy’s vehicle and then was immediately stopped by another deputy and taken into custody with no injuries.
She was booked into the Jasper County Detention Center at 2:35 a.m. on July 17 and remained incarcerated as of Tuesday afternoon on a total cash bail of $27,000, according to the jail log.