High speed chase suspect's wife: 'He is not a threat to anybody'

Timothy McManus
Timothy McManus

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The wife of a man accused of leading Charleston County sheriff deputies on a high speed chase says that her husband is not a threat to anybody.

"I'm just aggravated, ready for this to get over with," said Melissa McManus following a bond hearing for her husband, Timothy McManus."We have three kids that miss him very much. He is not a threat to anybody."

Timothy McManus was denied a bond reduction Tuesday after a court proceeding.

McManus' attorney asked a judge to lower his bond to $20,000 on Tuesday, but the judge denied the request. McManus, who is accused of leading deputies on a 25-mile high speed chase at speeds of more than 120 mph on Jan. 30, was not at Tuesday's proceedings.

The judge ruled that bond for McManus will stay at $100,000 and if he makes bail, he will be subjected to a 24-hour house arrest with a GPS monitor.

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon and his deputies shot out the tires on the truck they say McManus was driving when he refused to stop.

McManus' attorney says his client was driving to work when he saw blue lights and floored it, hitting speeds of more than a 120 mph. McManus was driving on a suspended license. Deputies charged him with failure to stop for a blue light.

Dash cam video also shows deputies hitting and kicking McManus, even putting a police dog on him.

The sheriff also admitted to slapping McManus while he was handcuffed in the cruiser.

On Tuesday, Lt. Ransom Williams, the lead sheriff's deputy on the chase testified in court Tuesday, describing the chase to the judge.

Williams testified that when the chase ended, he exited his vehicle with his gun and a bulletproof vest. With his gun drawn, Williams said McManus ignored commands so he hit McManus in the face. Williams told the judge that deadly force would have been justified, but he decided against it. He said it looked like McManus was reaching for something and he continued to resist and refused to get on the ground.

Williams said a police dog was sicced on McManus to help deputies get control of the suspect's arm. Williams said he hit the suspect five or six times.

According to Williams, the chase lasted about 31 minutes with speeds of 120 mph in a 55 mph zone. Williams says he left from Leeds Avenue to join as many as nine deputies in the chase.

As part of his order, Judge James Gosnell Jr. said McManus will have to undergo a mental health evaluation.

He also ordered McManus to be under 24 hour house arrest with a GPS monitor if he posts bond.

The judge also said McManus is not allowed to drive and should stay away from police unless it is an emergency situation.

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