Two teens going 120 mph on I-75 facing charges, crash into deputy

Published: August 19, 2022 6:04 PM EDT
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A deputy is hurt and two 15-year-old girls are facing felony charges following a pursuit on I-75 Friday in Collier County.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, the driver is charged with fleeing and eluding driving without a valid license, and speeding. And, the teen in the passenger seat is charged with grand theft auto.

“These individuals displayed absolutely no regard for other motorists as they attempted to recklessly elude our deputies while putting lives at risk,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said. “They now will be held accountable for their actions.”

A CCSO deputy going east on I-75 near mile marker 93 clocked a red Toyota Camry driven by the teen going 104 MPH at 12:40 p.m.

The deputy turned his lights and sirens on and tried to stop the driver but she did not pull over. Then, the teen proceeded to reach speeds of 120 MPH.

The pursuit ended after she drove onto the right road shoulder at mile marker 102 and crashed into a patrol car carrying a deputy that was waiting with lights and sirens on ready to join the pursuit.

The deputy and teens were transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

Further investigation showed that one of the teens had been reported missing out of Lee county and the Camry had been reported stolen out of Lee sometime overnight.

A third juvenile that was in the teen’s vehicle was taken to the hospital for evaluation. She was not charged and later was released to her family.