A Florida woman was arrested in the Florida Keys last night, after a high-speed police chase on U.S. Highway 1 in Marathon, officials said.
A deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office saw a Mercedes-Benz swerve around his patrol car going 56 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. After slamming on his breaks, the deputy turned on his lights and siren to try to make a traffic stop. Instead of pulling over, the driver waved her middle finger out the window and sped up.
The driver, later identified as Christine Eliza Dayoub, 36, was recklessly passing by other cars, driving on the shoulder and into oncoming traffic while going up to 90 MPH, deputies said. When she got to the Seven Mile Bridge, Dayoub allegedly showed both of her middle fingers from the sunroof.
Once on the bridge, Dayoub sped up to 120 MPH. The deputy had to abandon his chase because of safety concerns, but he watched as Dayoub intentionally crashed into the back of a Tesla car, causing it to fishtail.
Lower Keys deputies ahead of Dayoub near Mile Marker 35 laid down tire spikes, but Dayoub ended up exiting the Seven Mile Bridge and pulled over on the Bahia Honda Bridge.
The MCSO deputy walked up to the Mercedes-Benz with a weapon drawn. Dayoub was laughing and told the deputy that she wished to go to jail.
Two synthetic marijuana vape pens were found in Dayoub’s car, deputies said.