Bradenton woman accused of shooting deputy held without bond

Woman accused of shooting deputy held without bond

acastillo@bradenton.comApril 21, 2014 


MANATEE -- A woman charged with trying to kill a Manatee County sheriff's deputy was ordered held without bond after a first appearance in court Monday.

A handcuffed Darlene Latrice Miller appeared via video linkup from the Manatee County jail before Judge Diana L. Moreland, who presided over the first appearance.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Miller, 24, was arrested just before 4 p.m. Sunday after she was found walking in the 2700 block of 46th Avenue Drive West in Bradenton.

Deputies had earlier Sunday obtained an arrest warrant for Miller after they say she fired at least three shots at a deputy before running away from near the intersection of Cortez Road West and 34th Street West. The deputy was not injured, a news release states.

According to an arrest warrant, a deputy stopped Miller at 5:20 a.m. Sunday after he noticed the vehicle she was driving had no tail lights illuminated. Miller gave the deputy two false identities, according to the warrant.

It was later revealed that the car Miller was driving was her mother's, whose name was the first one Miller used. Her mother later told authorities that her vehicle was stolen and that she had not seen her daughter in weeks, according to the warrant.

When the deputy returned to his vehicle to determine whether the identification matched the driver, police say Miller fled from the traffic stop. She then crashed into a wooden pole on the east side of 34th Street West near Cortez Road, according to the sheriff's office.

"After reaching in and out of the vehicle, Miller raised her right hand and fired one round from a handgun," the warrant states.

She then ran southbound on 34th Street West, pointing her handgun in deputies' direction and fired two more rounds, police say.

From jail, Miller said yes when asked by Judge Moreland if she wanted the public defender's office to represent her. Assistant State Attorney Darlene Ragoonanan requested that Miller be held without bond.

"We're going to leave it at no bond at this time," said Judge Moreland.

According to court and jail records, Bradenton police arrested Miller on April 3 after she threw a cup of alcohol at an officer in the 1200 block of 14th Street West. She was released the next day from the Manatee County jail after posting bonds totaling $6,620 on charges of battery on an officer, resisting arrest, drug possession, trespassing and violating the open container ordinance, according to the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller website.

On April 8, she plead not guilty to those charges.

Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.

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