Pasco chase injures deputy, kills motorcyclist | News
Hudson, Florida - A deadly chain of events began after a Pasco County deputy pulled a woman over for a DUI traffic stop near the intersection of U.S. 19 and Florestate Drive in Hudson.
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Investigators say Deputy Ashley Grady, a 23-year-old rookie on the force, stopped a truck Tuesday morning on suspicion of DUI at the intersection of Florestate Drive and U.S. 19 in Hudson.
The driver, 21-year-old Brittany Miles, was taken out of the vehicle and placed in handcuffs, but somehow managed to get back inside and tried speeding off.
"She somehow got back in the car and drove in handcuffs until she was stopped in Hernando County," said Pasco Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll.
Witnesses say Grady reached into the pick-up truck's window to try to stop Miles, but was instead dragged several feet into the median of U.S. 19, hanging out the window.
"They didn't want to get arrested and they took off," said witness Luis Vazquez, "at the expense of the officer."
The deputy was airlifted to a hospital for a head injury and scrapes, but is expected to be OK.
At that point, the pursuit was on. Miles, speeding in a red 2002 Dodge Ram pick-up, heading north on US-19.
"It was a flash, it was a blur. It just happened so fast," said witness Bonnie Thompson, who was about to witness something terrible.
Thompson heard the sirens, saw the chase.
At the corner of County Line Rd. and U.S. 19, investigators say Miles blew through a red light and struck and killed 66-year-old Henry McCain, who was riding his motorcycle through the intersection.
To Thompson's disbelief, Miles just kept going.
"It's awful. I just can't imagine what was going through their head," said Thompson.
Finally, near the Pasco Hernando Community College, deputies stopped and arrested Miles.
Read: Accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol (PDF)
Damage to the front end of the pick-up and at least one blown out tire are evidence of the trail of pain, death and destruction left in her path.
"And I just can't imagine what it's done to people. I just can't. it's awful," said Thompson.
"I think prosecute it to the fullest," said Vazquez. "Definitely."
Police were still trying to figure out how Miles was able to get away from deputy Grady and get back into her pick-up truck.
Miles faces a long list of charges including vehicular manslaughter, eluding, and possibly attempted murder of a police officer.
Deputies say miles was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. She was then booked into the Hernando County Jail.
Records show Miles was arrested less than three weeks ago on possession of methamphetamine charges.