A Marathon woman who is accused of drunk driving refused to stop on U.S. 1 and eventually bit a Monroe County sheriff’s deputy, authorities said.
Sheriff’spokeswoman Becky Herrin said deputies went to the McDonald’s restaurant near mile marker 50 around 6:30 p.m. Sunday after reports of a woman driving recklessly.
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Janice Hastings, 60, reportedly parked her 2005 Cadillac in the drive-through and had to be told to move. Deputy Matthew Cory was there, approached her car and saw her eating food in the front seat, Herrin said. That’s when Hastings put the car in drive, squealed the tires and took off, it says in the arrest report.
Going 45 mph in the outside lane of the highway, Hastings refused to stop, after which Deputy Mark Martin deployed spikes at Coco Plum Drive and U.S. 1, mile marker 54.5, in front of her car. All four of her tires punctured, Herrin said.
Hastings did not stop, however, and continued northbound on four flat tires, Herrin said. After she finally stopped at mile marker 57.2, Hastings refused to open the car door or car window so deputies had to break the window to get her.
Hastings refused roadside sobriety tests and refused to spit out gum she was chewing after being taken to the Marathon jail. When a deputy attempted to remove the gum from her mouth, she bit him, Herrin said.
Hastings was charged with fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. She was booked into the jail on Stock Island with bond set at $30,000 bond and released Monday afternoon.
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