MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A woman has been charged after leading Marion County deputies on a 40-minute chase that went into Florence County, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Amber Nichole Hooks, 33, of Nichols, has been arrested and charged with grand larceny of $10,000 or more, failure to stop for a blue light and reckless driving, the sheriff’s office said.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a call about a woman on a bicycle in the area of Willie Hodge Road and Harrington Road. The caller said Hooks was acting suspicious, possibly videoing homes and attempting to wave down vehicles, according to the sheriff’s office.

Before deputies arrived to the area, the caller said Hooks had stolen a utility truck and fled, the sheriff’s office said. Marion County deputies found the truck she was driving, but she led them on a chase for about 40 minutes that went into Florence County before the vehicle was eventually disabled.

Hooks is currently being held at the Marion County Detention Center.

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