Sumter County, SC – A Sumter woman was denied bond on Thursday after a Dec. 27 crime spree that included stealing and crashing a police cruiser (video below).
Mia Victoria Thornton, 21, was charged with driving under suspension and failure to stop for a blue light by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Thornton was also charged with two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of aggravated assault, assault and battery with intent to kill, malicious injury to property, grand larceny over $10,000, grand larceny over $2,000 but less than $10,000, and resisting arrest with a deadly weapon by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), according to The State.
The incident began about 8 a.m. on Wednesday, near Eagle Road in Sumter County, when Thornton took her boyfriend’s vehicle without his permission.
The boyfriend’s vehicle broke down a short time later near Eagle Road and Broad Street, and Thornton began walking toward town.
Thornton then caught a ride with a Good Samaritan whose name was Freddie Lang.
Lang was taking her to her uncle’s house but, as they approached other traffic, she grabbed the steering wheel and forced the vehicle into oncoming traffic. The vehicle crashed into a Cadillac Escalade, according to The State.
When Lang got out to check on the occupants of the other vehicle, Thornton jumped in the driver’s seat and stole her good Samaritan’s vehicle.
Thornton crashed Lang’s vehicle on Pinewood Road a few minutes later, and again began walking back toward town.
A tow truck driver picked Thornton up and brought her back to the wrecked vehicle on Pinewood Road, where a trooper from the South Carolina Highway Patrol had responded.
A Sumter County sheriff’s deputy responded to assist the trooper, and Thornton was handcuffed and placed in the rear of the deputy’s cruiser, according to the SCSO.
Shortly thereafter, Thornton slipped out of her handcuffs and crawled through a window from the back seat into the front seat of the patrol car.
She then stole the deputy’s cruiser, and fled the scene, leading deputies on a 15-minute chase with speeds that exceeded 100 mph.
The chase ended when Thornton crashed through a gate and fence, and into a tree, in the Sumter Industrial Park.
The damage to the Industrial Park business was estimated at about $15,000, according to the SCSO.
There has been no estimate of damage to Lang’s vehicle. Damage to the deputy’s cruiser was estimated at more than $25,000, WLTX reported.
Thornton was being held without bond at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.
You can see video clips of the incident below edited down for time: