Woman arrested after crash while fleeing deputy in Bradenton

April 30, 2013 

MANATEE -- A 21-year-old woman was arrested early Tuesday after she crashed her car while fleeing to avoid a traffic stop by a deputy, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 2:25 a.m., a K-9 deputy tried to stop a silver Cadillac with no tail lights at Fifth Street West and Cortez Road. As soon as the deputy activated his blue lights, the Cadillac fled southbound on Fifth Street West at a high rate of speed, according to a news release.

The deputy did not pursue the driver, later identified as Ashley Blake, but watched as she fled southbound. She went through the stop sign at Orlando Avenue and Fifth Street West without stopping for another vehicle that was waiting to turn north, according to the sheriff's office.

The Cadillac then sped through the light at Fifth Street West and 53rd Avenue West. Blake was unable to negotiate the turn and jumped the curb into the empty lot just west of a Wells Fargo bank.

The car grazed a concrete pole supporting the traffic lights and destroyed a Verizon Communication cable box on the ground. The car, which had two flat tires and a cracked oil pan, continued another 200 feet before stopping, according to the report.

Blake and a male companion fled from the vehicle.

Police dog Rex tracked the suspects to the 5400 block of Third Street West, where Blake was found in a front yard. She gave up immediately and admitted she had been driving the car. The man was not located, according to the sheriff's office.

According to the sheriff's office, Blake faces charges of aggravated fleeing to elude, resisting arrest, leaving scene of accident with property damage, felony driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana.

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