Mom threatens day-care director with machete and leads cops on chase, police say

When day-care workers wouldn’t let her pick up her kids, a woman in Sunrise threatened the director with a machete and led police on a brief chase, police said.

Ashley Dailey, 25, attempted to pick up her children from the Early Learning Center in Sunrise, 10092 W. Oakland Park Blvd., around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Sunrise Police spokesman Officer Chris Piper.

Not only was Dailey under court order to stay out of the school, her mother had full custody of the kids because of Dailey’s “mental instability and danger she is to herself and her children,” according to the arrest report.

Dailey grabbed her kids and tried to leave, but her mother, who was also there, wrestled them back out of Dailey’s arms. The director of the preschool told Dailey to leave. In response, she slapped his arm and smashed a computer monitor with her hand before heading to the parking lot, police said.

When the director followed her out and told her he was calling the police, cops said Dailey pulled a machete out of her Toyota Camry, swung it in the air and threatened “any person that came into contact with her.”

She sped off, hitting a parked car on her way and leading police on a brief chase. At one point, police said an officer had to dive out of the way when she accelerated toward him in an intersection. Broward sheriff’s deputies caught her on I-95 near Deerfield Beach and took her into custody just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Piper said.

Dailey was charged with attempted kidnapping of minors under 13 years old, burglary with battery and criminal mischief, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, running away from police, a hit-and-run, and reckless driving.

Alex Harris: 305-376-5005, @harrisalexc