Three Deputies Nearly Run Over During Traffic Stop, DUI Investigation, Suspect Found Hiding in Attic
BROOKSVILLE – A simple traffic stop led to three Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputies nearly being run over last Sunday, after the driver fled and drove through a DUI traffic crash investigation at a high-rate of speed.
According to reports. Deputy Eric Miller conducted a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet pickup truck at the intersection of Cimarron Way and Ranch Road. Both the female driver and male passenger gave Miller false names, in an attempt to conceal their true identities. While running the tag attached to the pickup truck, he discovered that it actually belonged to a trailer. When Miller asked the driver to step out of the car, she fled at a high-rate of speed, forcing Miller to jump out of the way, to avoid being struck.
The suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Miranda Cloud, continued southbound on McKethan Road, until she reached the intersection of Cercelia Road, where Deputies Zarcone and Mathis were assisting their DUI suspect across the road. That’s when both deputies and other bystanders were forced to jump out the way, as Miranda drove through the scene.
Pasco County Deputies joined in on the search, but Miranda was able avoid arrest that evening.
The pickup truck was recovered on a wooded lot and the passenger, a juvenile, was located hiding nearby under a bush. The juvenile told deputies that he lied about his identity because he had warrants in Pasco County.
Last night, deputies responded to 33330 Rowntree Drive, where they suspected that Miranda had been hiding since the incident occurred. After conducting surveillance of the residence, deputies made contact with the homeowner who gave them permission to search.
While inside, deputies noticed insulation on the floor that appeared to have fallen from an attic access. After several commands and warnings that K9 would be deployed, Miranda replied, Ok, I’m coming out.”
Miranda was taken into custody and charted with three counts of aggravated assault on LEO, driving on a suspended license, and fleeing to elude.
Miranda remains behind bars on $42,000 bond.
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