LEE COUNTY — Lee County deputies arrested a woman driver and her male passenger after she allegedly drove her car at a deputy while fleeing Friday evening from a parking lot at Estero’s Coconut Point Mall, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office release.
Latrina Newsome, 33, of Jackson, Miss., was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, fleeing and eluding, and resisting arrest. Her passenger, Maurice Jones, 25, also of Jackson, Miss., was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and loitering and prowling, according to the release.
Deputies on uniformed bicycle patrol in Coconut Point were notified of a possible shoplifting incident at 8:51 p.m.
A Sheriff’s Office cruiser responded with the bicycle patrol, blocking in a silver Dodge Charger containing Newsome and Jones, who deputies wanted to question in relation to the shoplifting call, according to Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Sgt. Stephanie Eller.
“She drove over the curb and took off,” Eller said.
In fleeing, Newsome aimed her car at one of the bicycle patrol deputies, Eller said. The deputy had to run and take evasive action to avoid being hit, the release said.
A brief pursuit ensued and the Charger was later located abandoned at 9081 Broadway Avenue East in Estero.
A helicopter, an airplane and K-9 units responded to assist in locating Newsome and Jones, the release said. Newsome was apprehended by a K-9 and was treated and released from a hospital before being transported to the jail, according to the release.
Additional information on the reported shoplifting incident was unavailable Saturday, Eller said.