UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A woman who crashed in Union County Tuesday after being followed by a police helicopter from Charlotte is now believed to be responsible for even more crimes, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office.
Amanda Sawyer, 30, was facing 21 charges in connection with the pursuit including child abuse and failing to secure children in a car seat. Now, she's facing even more charges after deputies say multiple stolen items were found in her vehicle.
Investigators say unopened boxes of DeWalt power tools and a Milwaukee M18 fuel combo kit were inside the vehicle. They say Sawyer stole the items, worth more than $5,000, from Home Depot stores in High Point and Burlington.
Officials say a small amount of marijuana was also found.
Detectives also believe Sawyer opened a fraudulent account using a stolen identity and used the credit card to buy nearly $1,500 in merchandise from a Walmart in Indian Trail in July.
The CMPD Aviation Unit began following Sawyer's vehicle shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday. Sawyer then went into Union County before crashing into another vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 74 and Dickerson Boulevard in Monroe.
North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers, who started pursuing Sawyer once she reached Union County, said two children were in the car at the time. They are now with relatives.
Union County deputies said Sawyer was taken into custody at the scene of the crash.
Sawyer faces multiple charges including felony larceny, felony child abuse, identity theft, obtaining property by false pretenses, reckless driving, fail to appear, fail to secure child under 16 in a seat, fail to stop for blue lights and siren, speeding to elude arrest, driving with license revoked, and reckless driving to endanger, and simple possession of marijuana.
More charges are expected for the alleged thefts in High Point and Burlington.
Anyone with further information is asked to call the Union County Sheriff's Office at 704-283-3789 or Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600.