CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — A woman opened her door Thursday morning to a stranger standing in the cold asking to use the phone.
The stranger said her car had broken down on the interstate, but police said that's not what happened.
The woman and a man were on the run after a police chase through York and Chester counties.
The chase started in Tega Cay when officers spotted a stolen car on Highway 160 at the Cameron Creek neighborhood at about 3 a.m.
It ended more than 25 miles down Interstate 77 when the car spun out in Chester County, and the man and woman fled the car and ran into the woods near Gaston Farm Road.
The female suspect, who deputies identified as 35-year-old Jennifer Parker, knocked on doors on Gaston Farm Road.
"She wanted to use the phone, and it was so cold outside, I let her in," said the woman who didn't want to be identified.
"She used the phone and sat on the couch the whole time. She nearly fell asleep on the couch," the woman said.
She said Parker asked for a ride to a hotel, but soon after, deputies knocked on the door. They had used tracking dogs to find Parker.
"Next thing I knew, they had handcuffs on her," the woman said.
The second suspect, Floyd Wesley Craven III, 34, was arrested walking on Fishing Creek Road. Deputies said he was driving the stolen car.
He was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and failure to stop for a blue light.
Late Thursday, sheriff's deputies in Orangeburg County told Channel 9 Parker and Craven are accused of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry from a Walmart last month. Another county law enforcement agency was looking for them in a similar crime.
Both are at the Moss Justice Center in York County. Their bonds were not been set by late Thursday afternoon.
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