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Slapped by sheriff, then slapped with prison sentence

CHARLESTON (AP) — A Mount Pleasant man who was slapped by the Charleston County sheriff after a 25-mile chase has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after pleading guilty.

Thirty-two-year-old Timothy McManus was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to failure to stop for police and being a habitual traffic offender.

Sheriff’s deputies say McManus led deputies on a chase in January 2012 that included the sideswiping of Sheriff Al Cannon’s vehicle. Deputies stopped McManus after a long chase that ended in the Francis Marion National Forest.

An angry Cannon slapped McManus across the face as he sat handcuffed in the backseat of a cruiser. Cannon was not charged.

Sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said Cannon had no comment on the sentence.


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