INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A Sebastian woman threatened to kill a highway patrolman for a $600 speeding ticket and sped away for a 13-mile pursuit that crossed from St. Lucie County into Indian River County Tuesday afternoon, according to her affidavit.
Jenifer Karina Rodriguez, 25, of the 400 block of Watercrest Street, was stopped at mile marker 132 on northbound Interstate 95 at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday when Cpl. Robert Ruiz clocked her Honda Civic at 74 mph in a 60-mph construction zone, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Ruiz told Rodriguez he would write the ticket at 69 mph instead of 74, which would drastically reduce the cost to $128, her affidavit states.
“You are an ugly person,” Rodriguez told Ruiz, according to the affidavit. “Why are you picking on me? What about all these other cars?”
After Rodriguez cursed at Ruiz and continued to berate him, he told her he would be writing the ticket for the higher amount: $600.
“I am going to kill you,” the motorist shouted at the trooper, he said. “You are dead.”
Ruiz notified FHP’s regional communications that Rodriguez had made a threat against him. He noticed Rodriguez was attempting to drive away and reached into the driver’s window of the Civic to grab the keys, the affidavit states. The Sebastian woman continued to threaten to kill the trooper and sped away north, he said.
Two other troopers joined the pursuit and a third set up stop sticks at the Indian River County line. Stop sticks are used by law enforcement to flatten tires on cars during a pursuit. The Civic’s tires were popped, but Rodriguez continued driving until she lost control and struck a tree in the median north of Oslo Road, the FHP said. She was treated for minor injuries at Indian River Medical Center before troopers took her to the Indian River County Jail.
At the jail, Rodriguez was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, fleeing and eluding, and making a threat against a public servant.
Ruiz is a traffic homicide investigator and his patrol car has not yet been fitted with a dashboard camera, FHP Lt. Tim Frith said. The patrol cars for the other troopers involved in the pursuit have cameras, he said. Footage of the chase was not immediately available Wednesday.
Rodriguez remained at the jail in lieu of $5,500 bail Wednesday.
MORALLY OF THE STORY: SHUT YOUR MOUTH, SMILE & KEEP MOVING – I’LL TAKE FREEDOM FOR $128 PLEASE, ALEX!!!!!!!