A 30-year-old Combine woman was arrested early Sunday morning on two charges after authorities say they were responding to a call of a person driving “recklessly” toward the Palestine city limits.

Stephanie Ann Newsom, 30, of Combine was arrested shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 287 South by an Anderson County sheriff’s deputy, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

Newsom, who had an 8-year-old girl in her vehicle, was charged with resisting arrest, search or transport and abandon/endanger a child/criminal negligence, according to Taylor.

The sheriff said deputy Lee Duren was on South Loop 256 near the intersection of East Lacy Street responding to “a call of a reckless driver” entering Palestine on U.S. 79 when he “got passed by a vehicle on the loop traveling at an extremely high rate of speed.”

Duren then pursued the vehicle which was traveling south on the loop, according to Taylor.

Newsom “crossed three lanes of traffic” before making a left turn on to U.S. 287 South, according to Taylor. She was pulled over a short time later by Duren who “smelled alcohol on her breath” and observed a young child in the vehicle, the sheriff added.

“She was unstable, uncooperative and had an 8-year-old (female) child in the car,” Taylor said. “He (Duren) was attempting to arrest her on the endangering a child (charge) and she resisted and he had to take her to the ground.”

Newsom was released from the Anderson County Jail Sunday afternoon after posting bonds totaling $5,750 set by Anderson County Justice of the Peace James Westley, according to records.

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