A female driver led police on a run across a Florida golf course and ended up on a dead-end street, where she apparently put her car in reverse and forced officers to kick in her locked doors, according to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office report.
The suspect made a similar escape, crashing into a roadway that divides Florida Highway Patrol barracks and a sheriff’s office office building, the report said.
The Florida Highway Patrol began chasing a black Nissan at 7:17 p.m. Saturday after deputies were called to a report of a driver who passed cars “in the fast lane of the Sawgrass Expressway” and then sped off, refusing to stop for officers.
Just over a mile into the chase, the Nissan jumped a sidewalk, coming to a stop on the edge of the roadside lane. The driver got out and “attempted to flee on foot but was quickly stopped by [fHP] troopers,” the report said.
As the driver was placed in handcuffs, she allegedly told police that she committed no crimes but needed medical attention.
A sheriff’s office deputy placed her in the back of a patrol car as she began “rambling” and singing.
“I’m sorry, I’m drunk,” she told officers, according to the report.
The woman then started “plowing” around a small area of green turf in front of the sheriff’s office building, the report said. The sheriff’s office said she “appeared intoxicated” and smelled strongly of alcohol.
She failed a field sobriety test, the report said, and was placed in the back of the patrol car again.
“Upon reaching the sheriff’s office, deputies immediately noticed that [the driver] appeared disoriented, disoriented,” the report said.
She again stopped screaming inside the patrol car and declined medical treatment.
The sheriff’s office said that when troopers arrived at the scene, the woman appeared “very confused and unable to speak or answer questions.”
Once at the sheriff’s office complex, officers found the fleeing driver’s car on a nearby dead-end street.
“Preliminary investigation indicates that [the driver] put her car in reverse to drive through a field toward the residential area,” the report said.
With no solid intention of making a citizen’s arrest, the deputies “forced open two of the doors” and found the woman in “very poor condition,” the report said.
She told officers she did not want to put anyone in danger and declined further medical attention.
The woman was booked into jail on charges of driving under the influence, fleeing and eluding officers, refusal to take a test and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, according to the sheriff’s office.