Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Woman Arrested After Slow-Speed Chase

A woman was arrested Monday night after she led deputies on a slow-speed pursuit along Collier Boulevard in which she ran a car off the road and knocked down construction barricades.

Donna Marie Larsen, 40, 2955 10th Ave. S.E., Golden Gate Estates, was charged with fleeing and eluding, DUI and possession of drugs without a prescription.

Reports gave this account:

Larsen was driving a red Toyota Solara that was traveling south on Collier Boulevard around 10:50 p.m. Larsen was striking large orange construction barricades and driving over the median at Pebblebrooke Plaza shopping center.

At Oak Ridge Middle School, the Solara nearly struck a utility sign in the schoolyard, driving on the grass in front of the school. The Solara continued south along Collier Boulevard at about 10 mph, weaving side to side and striking construction barricades on the east side of the road.

Larsen failed to stop for a deputy in a patrol vehicle with the emergency lights and sirens activated. The Solara was traveling south in the northbound lanes of Collier Boulevard around 10 mph. The car’s left front tire was flat.

Larsen continued southbound along Collier Boulevard, swerving and running a white sport utility vehicle off the road into a barricaded area. Larsen drove through a red light at the intersection of Collier and Golden Gate boulevards.

The car sped up to 35 mph and deputies engaged in a pursuit.

The Solara continued south, swerving across the road. This continued until the intersection of Collier Boulevard and Pine Ridge Road, where deputies threw down stop sticks and were able to stop the Solara.

A search of the Solara turned up a Styrofoam cup with ice and a tan color liquid that smelled of an alcoholic beverage in the center console. Deputies smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Larsen's breath. She was arrested.

A mug shot will be posted when it becomes available.