Driver wanted after 2-mile police chase in Rock Hill

adouglas@heraldonline.comApril 29, 2013 

— A Rock Hill woman convicted last year of child neglect for leaving her 1-year-old son in the bushes outside is facing charges again after police say she led an officer on a 2 mile car chase down Cherry Road and through a neighborhood.

Kelly Denise Cameron, 21, on probation for child neglect, barely escaped arrest on Friday night after refusing to stop for the officer’s blue light and throwing marijuana out of the car’s window, according to a police report. During the chase, which was initiated by a Winthrop University police officer, Cameron had three passengers inside the white Cadillac she was driving, including a pregnant woman, police say.

Cameron faces one drug charge and five other charges, including reckless driving, according to the report.

Authorities are still looking for Cameron and would like the public’s help in finding her, said Winthrop Police Chief Frank Zebedis.

In September 2012, Cameron plead guilty to an unlawful neglect of child charge. She was sentenced to three years of probation, according to court records.

Rock Hill Police arrested Cameron on the neglect charges in August 2012 after a neighbor found her baby in a stroller that had been pushed into the bushes, said Lt. Brad Redfearn.

Friday’s chase started around 9 p.m., near the Save-A-Lot food store on Cherry Road, when the Winthrop officer tried to pull Cameron over for reckless driving, the report states.

Passengers inside the car “frantically” waved their arms out the window during the pursuit while the car crossed into the road’s median several times, according to the report.

When the car malfunctioned, the report states that Cameron stopped her vehicle on a residential street, crawled over a passenger and ran away from police.

The officer drew his weapon as he approached the car, yelling commands for everyone inside to put their hands up, according to the report.

Cameron “very stealthily crawled over the passenger and out the passenger door,” the report states.

She evaded police by running into the dark between two homes, according to the report.

Rock Hill officers and the Winthrop cop spoke to a pregnant passenger who said she was “furious” with Cameron for putting her in danger, the report states.

With information from the passengers, police ran a background check on Cameron and found that her license was suspended.

Officers determined that Cameron’s passengers “were just along for the ride,” according to the report, and they did not charge the two male passengers or the pregnant woman.

The Cadillac’s paper license tag was forged and police had the car towed, the report states.

After searching for Cameron nearby, police went to the address listed on her suspended driver’s license.

At the home, Cameron’s grandmother told officers she hadn’t seen her granddaughter in a couple days and that she was “continually getting into trouble with law enforcement,” the report states.

Cameron is wanted by authorities and faces charges of reckless driving, failure to stop for blue lights, third offense driving under suspension, operating an uninsured vehicle, possession of marijuana and failure to register vehicle.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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