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Florida Woman Leads Deputies On Epic High Speed Chase Until She Crashes Going The Wrong Way On Highway

Jacqueline Burge led deputies in Sarasota through neighborhoods and onto the highway in a chase that saw her hit multiple cars at speeds of more than 70 miles per hour, police say.

By Jon Silman
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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]

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