October 18, 2013

Woman charged with driving recklessly, resisting arrest

A woman who lives on Big Pine Key was arrested Thursday night after two people called her in as a reckless driver, and deputies measured her speed at 120 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.

Two callers to Sheriff’s Office dispatch reported a silver colored Cadillac swerving all over the road at a high rate of speed. One caller at 9:40 p.m. said she was at the 6 mile marker northbound. The second caller at 9:46 p.m. said she made a U-turn in the middle of the highway at the 15 mile marker, almost running the caller off the road.

Deputies began to converge on the area. Deputy Scott Ward spotted her southbound going over the Boca Chica Bridge with no headlights on. He measured her speed at 120 miles per hour. Deputy Spencer Curry got behind her at the intersection of Key Haven Road and U.S. One in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle – 34 year old Amy Reno - initially refused to stop, but finally pulled over near the south end of College Road. She refused to get out of the car and fought with deputies as they physically removed her from the driver’s seat. She was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car for transport to jail. She continued to fight with deputies, working her way out of one of the handcuffs. Once at the detention center on Stock Island, she fought with Corrections Officers as well and had to be held in a special restraint chair to protect her from hurting herself or others.

She reportedly smelled of an alcoholic beverage, and a 44 oz cup containing an orange colored liquid was found in the car that also smelled of alcohol.  Due to her violent demeanor, she could not be given field sobriety exercises nor could she be  administered a breathalyzer test.

Reno was charged with reckless driving, resisting arrest, battery on  a law enforcement officer. She also received citations for driving with no headlights and for speeding.

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