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Lakewood Ranch attorney found guilty after high-speed chase

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SANTA ROSA, FL (AP) - A Lakewood Ranch woman is found guilty after  leading deputies on a high-speed chase in Santa Rosa County and crashing into a deputy's car head-on back in 2016. 

Terra Carroll, 35, an attorney with her own practice, was found guilty on charges including fleeing law enforcement officers at high speed and driving under the influence.

According to an arrest report, the incident began after a Santa Rosa Sheriff deputy attempted to pull over Carroll, who was driving erratically. She continued driving and a pursuit ensued.

At one point, a police officer noted Carroll's speed was approximately 80-mph in a 45-mph zone. The report also states Carroll was driving "all over the road, weaving in and out of traffic".

The 11-mile chase ended after Carroll's car collided head-on with a Gulf Breeze police vehicle. An officer then ordered Carroll to exit the car, but she refused to comply. Officials eventually removed her from the car by busting the windows of the vehicle and removing her from the drivers seat.

One out of the vehicle, a police officer said “she was chanting repeatedly and illegibly. She refused to answer any questions. She was placed into my patrol vehicle. She continued to chant. Then I asked her if she was ok, she just chanted. She stopped abruptly and asked me to call a state representative for her then continued to chant.”

At the time, police say Carroll refused any and all testing under her Miranda Rights.

According to police, a jar of “bath salts” were seized from the vehicle as well as an unidentified white powdery substance. Both substances have been sent for testing to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab.

Carroll has been found guilty in her second trial. Her first trial ended in a mistrial after a witness brought up a DUI charge that was previously dropped. 

Carroll's sentencing is scheduled for February 20.