A nine-months-pregnant inmate escaped and led authorities from Mississippi and Alabama on a high-speed chase for nearly an hour Wednesday morning.

Carol Lynn Swanner, 34, of Lauderdale County, was in the custody of the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department for a probation violation. She was being treated for her pregnancy at Rush Foundation Hospital when she escaped from custody about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Sheriff Billy Sollie.

Swanner allegedly stole a vehicle at the hospital and fled to the southern part of the county. Sollie said deputies and Meridian police officers were unsuccessful in locating Swanner. However, with the “assistance of the community,” lawmen learned of Swanner’s whereabouts, he said. While deputies were en route to that location, her vehicle was spotted and city and county vehicles engaged in a high-speed pursuit beginning at 6:39 a.m.

“This pursuit ended up on Interstate 20 eastbound and went across the Mississippi/Alabama line, where we were joined by Alabama State Police and law enforcement from West Alabama,” Sollie said.

Sollie said the pursuit lasted for 20 miles in Alabama before Swanner turned around and began heading west back toward Mississippi. After being pursued for about 45 minutes and reaching speeds of up to 110 mph, Swanner was apprehended near the new weigh station at Kewanee after spike strips were laid on the road.

Sollie said Swanner attempted to swerve to avoid the strips — nearly hitting two Mississippi Highway Patrol officers and a WTOK-TV cameraman in the process — but lost control of the vehicle upon entering the median.

“She was then apprehended without incident,” Sollie said.

Swanner’s probation violation stemmed from a previous charge of credit card fraud. Swanner now faces charges of felony escape and felony eluding from the county in addition to motor vehicle theft and felony eluding from the city.

Lt. Dean Harper, spokesman for the Meridian Police Department, said bond had been set at $100,000 for motor vehicle theft and $25,000 for felony eluding. Sollie said Swanner faces up to 20 years for those combined charges, in addition to the jail time she might receive from her probation violation. Additionally, Sollie said Swanner faces assault charges for allegedly almost hitting the MHP officers.

Swanner was back in the county’s custody and under medical care at Rush Foundation Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

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