High-speed chase leads to attempted murder charge for SC woman

ANDERSON COUNTY – A woman is under arrest for an attempted murder charge after Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies say she led them on a 20 minute high speed chase.

Sherry Patrice Simpson, 57, of Townville faces two counts of attempted murder, failure to stop for blue light and driving under suspension. She is scheduled to appear before a judge Thursday afternoon.

Arrest warrants state Simpson tried to murder two men Wednesday evening by running her Honda Civic into a golf cart they were using on Cedar Grove Road near Lakeview Road.

The victims say Simpson looked at them, then revved her car’s engine and drove at them. The two men had to swerve off the road to avoid a collision.

Simpson turned around and tried to hit the cart a second time. One of the men on the golf cart had a gun and said he fired into the air before she drove off.

One of the victims said Simpson was his neighbor and they have had several run-ins, but said he had done nothing to provoke her in the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

About an hour later, a deputy spotted Simpson driving the car driving through dirt and grass on Cedar Grove Road. The deputy attempted to pull her over, but Simpson kept driving in and around the Pendleton area. Speeds reached 80 miles per hour during the pursuit.

A police helicopter was brought in to help with the chase.

Crews on the ground used stop sticks to puncture the car’s tires which came to a stop on Highway 243. That’s where Simpson was taken into custody.

She also faces charges of driving with a suspended license and an improper vehicle license.

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