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High speed chase suspect Timothy McManus back in jail

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The man police say led them on a high speed chase back in January was back in jail Monday morning.

He was released from the Al Cannon Detention Center July 21, but according to officials with the prison he's back inside.

According to Charleston County Sheriff's deputies, McManus was found in a Chevy Suburban, asleep behind the wheel with the SUV still in drive.

"The keys were in the ignition. The vehicle appeared to have mechanical issues," Major Jim Brady with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said.

McManus is facing charges of charges of driving under suspension third offense (second count), being a habitual offender, borrowing or lending a license tag (the vehicle McManus was operating was not registered through SCDMV but had a tag registered to McManus' wife), and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Timothy McManus first made headlines on January 30 when deputies say he failed to comply to a traffic stop on Hungry Neck Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.

Sheriff Al Cannon said he noticed McManus driving erratically and put on his sirens to pull him over. Instead, Cannon says McManus led deputies on a high speed chase that ran all the way to Steed Creek Road near the Francis Marion National Forest.

During the chase, Cannon says he fired nine shots at McManus's tires to try and stop him. Other deputies reported that they also shot at his tires and that's what led to the crash on Steed Creek Road. They also reported that McManus almost ran over several deputies as they were trying to put out stop-sticks to stop his vehicle. Reports say the chase reached a speed of at least 120 miles per hour.

After the crash, investigators say McManus resisted arrest and a police dog aided in his capture. A dash cam video was released showing exactly what happened during McManus's apprehension. Questions surfaced regarding the use of a police dog on a suspect that was already on the ground. The ACLU responded calling the videos "disturbing" and suggested a probe into the "appropriateness of police actions."

Sheriff Al Cannon also admitted to slapping Timothy McManus while he was handcuffed when he was first taken into custody. His admission sparked online petitions both supporting him and asking for his resignation.

McManus was charged with failure to stop for blue lights and sirens, reckless driving, driving under suspension third offense, and resisting arrest.

Bond was set back in January for $102,550 on all charges and a request for reduction in February was denied. At that hearing the judge said that when McManus does make bond, he is to remain under house arrest and undergo psychiatric evaluation.

The attorney representing McManus blamed an addiction to prescription pain killers for his client's actions. He also speculated that McManus was suffering from nerve damage as a result of "injuries he suffered at the hands of an overzealous Sheriff's Department."

At the bond reduction hearing, sheriff's deputies defended their actions, saying the dog was used merely as a tool of "pain compliance," similar to a taser.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating that incident. Meanwhile, a bond court judge is expected to consider McManus' bond in this newest incident. Charleston County Sheriff's investigators say they hope the judge considers McManus' past for his new bond.

"That's something that is usually in consideration when bond is considered. We would hope obviously in this situation, because he continues to drive, he's shown that through today and the other charges, that that bond would be revoked, what we would hope and he'd be retained until those charges were addressed," Maj. Brady said.

Check back to abcnews4.com for further updates in this developing story.

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