BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - Two women have been taken into custody after allegedly attempting to run over deputies from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Niocca Scarberry, 23, and Ashley Hutchings, 27, have both been charged with felonies.
A deputy noticed a 2016 white Nissan Maxima on Tuesday around 11:45 p.m. traveling on 14th Street West and 53rd Avenue West in Bradenton. The car matched the description of a vehicle on the stolen vehicle listed by Bradenton Police Department.
The deputy confirmed the tag with the dispatch unit and continued to follow the Maxima at a safe distance.
The sheriff’s office says Scarberry was driving the car and when she reached the entrance of the Desoto Square Mall on Cortez Road, a deputy activated his lights to pull her over.
Deputies say she drove into the parking lot at 5/3rd Bank, which is a dead end. Instead of stopping, deputies say Scarberry did a U-turn.
The sheriff’s office says one deputy pulled out his handgun and began giving Scarberry loud, continuous verbal commands to stop and get out of the car, but Scarberry ignored the commands. Deputies say she told them “she was just trying to park.”
More deputies arrived on scene to block Scarberry’s vehicle, but the sheriff’s office says she continued to drive towards deputies. One had to move to the side to avoid being struck and a second had to get back in his car to avoid getting hit, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies say Scarberry hit one vehicle, causing $2,000 in damages, and hit a second, but didn’t cause any damage to that vehicle.
Scarberry was able to get out of the parking lot, according to the sheriff’s office, leading deputies on a six-minute chase with speeds of around 80mph.
Deputies say Scarberry came to a stop at a home in the 3000th block of Viviendia Boulevard, where she and her passenger, Hutchings, then fled on foot.
Scarberry was later found by deputies on the 2800 block of 60th Avenue West. Hutchings was located close to where the chase ended and was taken into custody after deputies say she damaged a window screen to attempt to enter a home.
Deputies say Scarberry told them she did not know the vehicle was stolen and that Hutchings told her to keep driving.
Scarberry is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer while Hutchings is charged with burglary.