A Key West woman failed to stop for a deputy in a marked patrol car. She was later found to have illegal prescriptions in her car, as well as identification cards for a number of different people she said she did not know.
A citizen called in a reckless driver at 1:30 p.m. Sunday after seeing a van swerving and driving very slowly just south of the Boca Chica Bridge. Deputy Lazaro Valdez was in the area and got behind the van, which he also saw swerving in the roadway. He turned on his lights and siren to stop the vehicle, but it continued southbound into the city of Key West.
Deputy Valdez could see the female driver looking into her side mirror at him, so he knew she was aware he was trying to pull her over. Instead of stopping, she continued at speeds of 5 – 10 miles per hour onto South Roosevelt Boulevard and onto Duck Avenue. She finally stopped in the 3700 block of Duck Avenue.
The driver was identified as 38 year old Lourdes Mena of Key West. Her driver’s license had been suspended six times for failure to pay traffic fines. She was arrested and charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police.
She had three pill bottles in her purse, two of which had another person’s name on them. The pill bottles contained Hydrocodone and Diazepam. She also had a driver’s license and several social security cards in other people’s names. She said she did not know who the people were.
She was further charged with fraudulent use or possession of another person’s identification, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and trafficking in a controlled substance. She was booked into jail.