Woman arrested after 'bizarre' chase in Sarasota

March 4, 2013 

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 41-year-old woman after what it described as a "bizarre" incident that ended on Interstate 75 on Monday morning. Part of the interstate was closed during the incident.

About 9 a.m., deputies received a report of a suspicious vehicle on State Road 72 and the Bee Ridge Road extension, according to a news release.

When marked units arrives, the driver -- later identified as Kristina Grzep -- fled, driving her Hummer H3 toward a deputy's vehicle. He was forced to take evasive maneuvers, according to the report.

Grzep continue north on Bee Ridge Road and twice deputies successfully deployed stop sticks to deflate her tires, but she continued to drive.

Deputies were finally able to get her to stop on the northbound on-ramp to Interstate 75.

"Grzep would not exit the vehicle and deputies initially feared she was suicidal, but once the negotiator convinced Grzep to exit the vehicle, deputies found she had been huffing nitrous oxide," the release states.

Grzep was medically cleared and then taken to the Sarasota County jail.

Grzep is charged with fleeing to elude, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, unlawful distribution of nitrous oxide and two counts of resisting arrest without violence.

She was being held on bonds totaling $11,500, according to the sheriff's website.

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