UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- Several agencies assisted Union deputies in a two-county chase involving a mother and her children. The sheriff's office says the driver of a Chevy Tahoe was spotted speeding eastbound on Highway 74 early Wednesday morning. A deputy attempted to pull over the woman, now identified as 37-year-old Lavett Dianne Saddler, but she allegedly increased her speed and continued driving.
The chase continued for 23 miles and reached speeds of up to 90 mph. Anson deputies finally ended the chase with stop sticks, which deflated the Tahoe's tires. Police say they then found not only Saddler behind the wheel, but her children, ages 8, 3 and 7 weeks, in the vehicle, as well.
No one was hurt but the children were visibly upset, the sheriff's office says. Saddler is charged with three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, felony speeding to elude and multiple traffic offenses. She was released from Union County Jail on a $50,000 unsecured bond.