Questions remain in fatal DUI chase | News
New Port Richey, Florida -- A 23-year-old rookie deputy is recovering from a fractured leg, head contusions and a broken ankle after she was dragged by the DUI suspect she was trying to stop from escaping, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
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Deputy Ashley Grady was well enough to give investigators a statement, but a report on the suspect's arrest still reveals few answers as to how the woman managed to get away.
PCSO spokesman Kevin Doll tells 10 News the series of events started on Wednesday morning with a phone call from a concerned driver who spotted a driver driving a red pick up truck recklessly and erractically.
About 10 minutes later, Deputy Grady found the vehicle and pulled over the driver, 21-year-old Brittany Miles.
According to Miles' arrest report, she was handcuffed and in the backseat of the deputy's cruiser when she somehow managed to get out of one cuff, the vehicle and then back into her red truck.
"The deputy tried to stop her by reaching inside the driver's side window, however the driver tore off across US 19," explained Doll.
Another rookie, Deputy Christopher Griefenberger was also on scene serving as backup who then went after Miles.
A few miles up the road in Hernando County, Miles was traveling at 55 miles per hour through the intersection of US 19 and County Line Road, which had a red light, and hit motorcyclist 66-year-old Henry McCain. He died on scene.
Miles was caught a mile down further up the road due to two flat tires and a blown radiator, and yet she still managed to run from deputies.
"We have some questions about how she was cuffed, how she got out of the vehicle. That will be part of an IA investigation that could take several weeks to complete."
The Internal Affairs investigation will address the question of how Miles managed to escape custody and whether a pursuit was warranted. The IA is routine.
It's not known whether Miles was cuffed from the front or back, however standard operating procedure requires suspects be cuffed from the back unless there is a medical or physical reason this can't be done.
It is also not known if the deputy's backseat window was down or if the door was unlocked.
We also don't know how Miles got to her truck keys. The sheriff's office says a sheriff's wrecker was on scene to impound the vehicle, so that's a possible explanation.
These are all answers that will be revealed when the IA is complete.
As for Miles, she remains in the Hernando County Jail on multiple charges including First Degree Felony Murder for the death of McCain, Escape, and Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer.
Miles, who worked at the Brass Flamingo gentleman's club, has a long history of arrests including an arrest just three weeks ago for possession of meth.