Judge sentences man who led Cannon, deputies on chase
MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The man who led Sheriff Al Cannon and a number of deputies on a chase through Mt. Pleasant and Awendaw in early 2012 was sentenced to prison on Wednesday.
According to the Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office, Timothy McManus pleaded guilty to failure to stop for blue lights and habitual traffic offender. He was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison.
Deputies said McManus led Cannon and several deputies on a 25-mile chase at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour in late Jan. 2012. Cannon said the incident began around 10 a.m. when he tried to stop a pick-up truck that was driving erratically on Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant. The sheriff said he turned on his blue lights and the truck driver hit the gas at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
It took the combined forces of Cannon, several of his deputies, a K-9 unit and bullets to stop what investigators called McManus' "reckless rampage."
Cannon came under scrutiny, and was eventually charged, for slapping McManus at the end of the wreck. The sheriff's office says that McManus continued to resist arrest and attempted to spit on a deputy following the chase, during which the sheriff and his deputies fired multiple gunshots to stop McManus.
The sheriff held a press conference days after the incident to talk about the slapping incident.
"In retrospect that was wrong, it's not something I would accept with my folks and it's clearly not something I would accept of myself," Cannon said."The most valuable asset that anyone has is your reputation and your name...I felt obligated to come forward. This was my obligation and duty to do."
Last August, Cannon was charged with third-degree assault and battery in connection with the incident. That charge carries a sentence of 30 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.
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