Probe Underway Into Escape

The chase began just before 7:00 a.m. Wednesday after deputies received a tip that 34-year-old Carol Swanner was spotted driving a black SUV in the southern part of Lauderdale County.

That's when the pursuit began on Interstate 20 and reached speeds of up to 110 miles an hour, stretching from Meridian, Miss., to Livingston, Ala., and back into Mississippi before ending 45 minutes later. Swanner crashed near the Kewanee weigh station after running over stop sticks placed by law enforcement.

Officials say Swanner was driving a vehicle reported stolen.

Although officers say it appears that Swanner acted alone, a probe is ongoing into how she escaped from a local hospital Monday night.

"We are working with the local hospital obtaining video to determine the direction or path and what actions our corrections officer took to attempt to prevent the escape," said Sheriff Billy Sollie.

Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Swanner, who is nine months pregnant, escaped from a local hospital after being transported there from the Lauderdale County Jail for treatment of alleged complications relating to her pregnancy.

Authorities say Swanner was again taken to the hospital after her arrest Wednesday.

Following her release from the hospital, investigators say Swanner will face an array of charges: felony escape, two charges of felony eluding and one count of motor vehicle theft, and there could be more.

"We're looking at the evidence that we have collected and we are collecting additional evidence to determine whether she'll be charged with the assault of the officers with the motor vehicle," Sollie said.

Bond for Swanner was set at $125,000 for the two charges that she faces with the city.

Swanner, who is originally from Clarkdale community, was taken into custody four days ago by deputies for a probation violation on a credit card fraud charge.


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