Young Girl Leads Police on Wild Chase

Tallahassee police open fire on a reckless driver who they say nearly ran over an officer and smashed into at least 10 other cars.

Witnesses say it was like a scene out of a movie as the woman's car careened down Tennessee Street on two wheels. When police tried to stop a reckless driver they say she pulled into the Qdoba parking lot, slammed into at least six parked cars and nearly ran over an officer trying to get away.

John Newland, Tallahassee police spokesman, said, "The suspect put the car in reverse, almost striking the officer, struck a couple of cars up in Qdoba, I think six cars total up there. She would not listen to commands by the officer and as she was turning around she almost struck the officer again, and that's when he fired the rounds into the car."

Cameo Shane, an eyewitness, said, "I was standing in line behind my friend Christy and I was like, ‘what's going on?’ And then like a minute later I saw all the people eating outside duck down."

Jim Waller, another eyewitness, added, “I heard two shots, a number of vehicle collisions it sounded like, lost of blue smoke, smelled like burning oil or rubber."

But the shooting didn't stop the driver. Witnesses say the Intrepid pulled out into traffic, hit four other cars, forcing one into a ditch.

Trevor Bond saw it all in his rear view mirror.

Trevor said, "Weaving in between cars and hitting cars on the way down, and then finally coming up on two wheels and sliding past me."

The woman's car, with what appears to be two bullet holes in the windshield, came to a screeching halt, and police quickly surrounded the car.

OFC John Newland, Tallahassee police spokesman, said, "We tased her three times. She still did not comply with verbal commands, and ultimately we went hands-on and pulled her out of the car."

The woman was taken to the hospital. Police say she was not hit by any of the bullets, and amazingly no one else was seriously injured in the wild ride down Tennessee Street.

The driver of that car turned out to be only 16 years old, a young woman named Anquette Giddens of Tallahassee. She'll face more than a dozen charges.

OFC John Creamer is the officer who fired the shots at her. The 12-year veteran will remain on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.


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