MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. – A woman was arrested after crashing into multiple vehicles and throwing a fake snake at deputies in an attempt to flee a traffic stop in Martin County Wednesday afternoon, deputies said.
Dawn LaShawn Laprade, 54, faces multiple charges, with additional charges possible, including four counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and fleeing and eluding.
According to investigators, the chase began when the suspect intentionally hit one of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office vehicles as she tried to evade a traffic stop.
She fled deputies, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph, hitting another patrol car and a civilian truck, injuring the three people inside, before ending up on Warfield Boulevard, a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office reads.
“While driving, she motioned to the deputies that she had a gun, and drove erratically trying to cause them to crash,” the sheriff’s office said in the post.
When deputies approached the suspect, she threw a fake snake at them, the post continues.
Four people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following the traffic crashes, deputies said.
According to the sheriff’s office, the deputies hit by the woman were not injured.
Laprade was booked into jail and is being held on a $90,000 bond.
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