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High-speed Chase Hits 100 m.p.h.

A high-speed car chase Wednesday morning ripped down Polk County main streets, and onto quiet side roads.

It began around 8:15 a.m. in the parking lot of V-Go in Tryon - the former Texaco station. Authorities say a Polk County Deputy getting coffee inside witnessed Melissa Crane bump Bradley Cox, and then hit him, with the red 2012 Chrysler car she was driving.

The deputy approached, Cox got into the passenger sat and Crane sped off - beginning a chase that went down Main Streets in Columbus and Tryon, to Mill Spring, back through Columbus and into South Carolina.

Officers estimated the chase lasted approximately 15 minutes, the suspects hitting speeds of up to 100 miles an hour.

"They were driving at extremely high rates of speed and weaving in and out of cars on the road," said Lieutenant Jerad McFalls, who was the fourth car behind the suspects in the chase.

"We saw the red car coming at us and we could hear the sirens," said William Jenigen who was in the car with his sister when the trail of cars sped by.

"We were doing 30 ... that's the speed limit, and he was doing at least twice, three times that."

The car flipped at an intersection outside of Landrum. Crane and Cox were taken to the hospital, Crane with serious leg injuries.

McFalls said methamphetamine was found inside the car. The car was reported stolen in Greenville County, where both suspects are from.

Crane and Cox had outstanding warrants in South Carolina, and now face charges of felony flee to allude and possession of methamphetamine.

By Ashlea Surles
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