A woman in Sarasota led authorities on a high speed chase, hitting a bunch of vehicles before crashing head first into another car on the highway while going the wrong direction, deputies said.
Jacqueline Burge, 54, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, according to a release by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Her mugshot shows the aftermath of her head-on crash, and it's not pretty.
"54-year-old convicted felon Jacqueline Burge is no stranger to the law and unfortunately for her, she's behind bars again today after fleeing from deputies and causing a head-on collision on I-75," the sheriff's office said on its Facebook page.
Deputies said they tried to pull Burge over around 11:30 a.m. When they flashed their lights, she allegedly fled. She drove through a yard in front of a house and hit a deputy's car, but that didn't stop her, authorities said. She kept going, allegedly driving at speeds of more than 70 MPH.
She merged onto I-75, deputies said, and she lost control of her vehicle several times before she crashed into a second deputy's car. Then she drove north in the southbound lanes of the highway until she smashed into another car head-on. After that, she ran away, according to authorities.
"Luckily, the driver is OK," the sheriff's office said, "but Ms. Burge, on the other hand, is facing a slew of new charges including Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Property Damage, and Driving with License Suspended."
Deputies arrested Burge and searched her vehicle. They found a lot of drugs, including methamphetamine, prescription pills, miscellaneous ID cards and "narcotic equipment," the sheriff's office said. In all, Burge is facing nine charges. Burge is a convicted felon, according to the sheriff's office, who spent time in prison on charges from both Sarasota and Manatee counties. She's in jail on a $26,000 bond.
[Photo: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office]