Woman fleeing ‘pursuers’ leads high speed chase

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Multiple agencies were involved in a high speed pursuit Saturday after a woman claiming she was being followed fled form police.

Lake Waccamaw Police Chief Scott Hyatt said Jan Currie Somphasouk was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest after she was treated for injuries sustained when she wrecked her 2020 Honda CRV in Leland.

Somphasouk called 911 around 5:15 p.m. to report that she was being followed by an ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, Hyatt said. Cory Finch of the LWPD made contact with Somphasouk on U.S. 74 at Firetower Road.

“After talking with her for a few minutes,” Hyatt said, “the officer determined that she did not need to be behind the wheel.”

Somphasouk refused to get out of the car, Hyatt said, and instead put the car in gear and fled. Finch pursued her for a short distance before turning the chase over to the Highway Patrol, Hyatt said. Deputies from Columbus and Brunswick, along with municipal officers along the route, joined in the pursuit.

The chase ended outside of Leland when Somphasouk crashed on a ramp. She sustained non-life threatening injuries, and was treated and released in to police custody.

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