Officer shoots stun gun after Melissa Driskell, 27, allegedly refuses orders to put car in park and stop following moving vehicle
Woman leads police on crazy car chase across Florida golf course
A Florida woman who led police on a car chase with the wrong license plate has been charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding.
The incident occurred on Saturday in Venice in south-west Florida. Police responded to a call of a reckless driver. The driver fled and told police they needed to follow him.
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When one officer, Steven Moreno, tried to stop the fleeing car, 24-year-old Melissa Driskell would not stop. She sped off and mouthed obscenities at officers during the chase.
A golf course patrol officer, Nathaniel Hill, shot a stun gun at Driskell, but she continued driving in reverse, according to a police report.
Driskell, 27, also rammed the patrol car to force Hill to back up a bit, then continued driving without stopping at speeds of up to 70mph on two roads, a 15-minute chase in her 2009 Chrysler Sebring.
Hill was not injured in the incident.
Once stopped, Driskell and Hill “aggressively struggled”, with Hill sustaining injuries to his right arm. Driskell was taken into custody and charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and resisting an officer with violence.
She was released later that day after posting $6,500 bail. It is unclear if she has a lawyer who could comment.
“This is the first time I’ve ever heard of this. We’ve been police for 40 years and I’ve never heard of a man or woman purposely running into a police car,” Moreno told the Tampa Bay Times.
“They were so focused on the car and she would not stop. After we got her out, she started kicking at us. She continued to come at us. She pointed a weapon at me. So, because of her condition, I had to shoot her stun gun at her.”