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A man and woman from near Charleston are in custody Thursday after a police chase on Interstate 77 from York County to Chester County, police said.

The two suspects fled on foot when they crashed a stolen vehicle after the 25-mile chase, police said.

A K-9 dog tracked the woman after she knocked on doors at rural homes, claiming her car had broken down, police said.

Floyd Wesley Craven III and Jennifer Lynn Parker, both of Moncks Corner, were arrested, said Capt. James Patterson of the Tega Cay Police Department. Craven, 34, the driver, was charged with failure to stop for a blue light and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Craven was out on $15,000 bond from Berkeley County from an April 2018 shoplifting arrest, court records show.

Parker, 35, was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and criminal conspiracy, Patterson said. Parker had outstanding bench warrants for her arrest on charges of drug trafficking and felony child neglect from Berkeley County, according to online court records.

The car had been reported stolen in Berkeley County, Patterson said. Tega Cay officers saw the car and attempted to make a traffic stop at about 3 a.m. near the North Carolina state line, Patterson said.

York County deputies assisted as the pursuit went through Fort Mill and Rock Hill and south into Chester, said York County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Trent Faris.

The car being chased wrecked around 3:30 a.m. near I-77 mile marker 67 near Richburg, said Chester County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Robert Sprouse. Both suspects then fled on foot.

Dozens of Chester County officers, including command staff, patrol, K-9, investigations and other departments, joined in the search.

The man was caught while walking nearby on Fishing Creek Road, Sprouse said.

The woman knocked on doors of at least two homes on Gaston Farm Road, where she said her vehicle had broken down, Sprouse said. The K-9 team found her.

‘”It was an effort of many officers to assist Tega Cay in the apprehension of these suspects,” Sprouse said.

No injuries were reported.

Orangeburg County police officials also have warrants against both for stealing jewelry from Walmart stores in December, according to The Herald’s news partner, WSOC-TV.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.

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