Sheriff ready to face consequences if charged in high speed chase

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said he's ready to face the consequences if he's charged for slapping a suspect after a high speed chase in January.

On Tuesday, the York County Solicitor Kevin Brackett recommended to the State Law Enforcement Agency that Cannon be charged with third-degree assault and battery. That charge carries a sentence of 30 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

"I have been up front about this since the beginning. What I did set a bad example. I want to apologize to Mr. McManus. What he did was dangerous, but I should not have reacted in that fashion," said Cannon in a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

In the wake of the incident, Cannon requested SLED investigate whether or not he broke the law. After investigating, SLED handed the case over to 16th circuit solicitor Kevin Brackett.

Brackett says all the deputies involved in the chase acted appropriately, but the evidence would support a charge of third-degree battery against the sheriff.

Cannon said on Tuesday in a press conference that the slapping was very out of character for him, and if he is charged he plans on pleading guilty. However, he says he does not plan on resigning as sheriff.

It is now up to SLED to determine if he will be charged. McManus was arrested again this week for driving under suspension third-offense, being a habitual offender, borrowing or lending a license tag and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

He posted bond at $75,000.

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