New details have emerged regarding a dangerous police pursuit in the Florida Keys on Sunday, leading to the arrest of 41-year-old Courtney Epps by Florida Highway Patrol troopers. Epps was apprehended after a high-speed chase in her gray Chevy Suburban along U.S. 1.
The arrest report indicates that Epps was first spotted speeding north in the southbound lanes, disregarding troopers’ attempts to stop her with lights and sirens. Troopers recorded her speed between 90 and 120 mph as she navigated the Seven Mile Bridge and Marathon, consistently maintaining high speeds and even shifting to the southbound lanes to maneuver around northbound vehicles.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies made two unsuccessful attempts to stop Epps using spike strips. The second attempt, deployed at Mile Marker 71, successfully spiked three tires, but Epps persisted at a high speed. She approached a group of runners participating in a half marathon on the northbound shoulder of U.S. 1, with her vehicle’s tires falling off and causing damage to two monitoring vehicles.
The pursuit reached its conclusion when Epps crashed into a construction site at Mile Marker 80, leading to her arrest. Notably, at the time of arrest, Epps exhibited unusual behavior with extremely constricted pupils and an unresponsive demeanor, told WPLG Local 10.
During a hospital check-up, Epps reportedly urinated on herself while loudly singing gospel songs. Her behavior alternated between sleeping, singing, and talking to herself throughout the treatment. Despite initially agreeing to field sobriety tests, Epps later refused, claiming that “God the father told her to stop.” She was subsequently taken to Plantation Key Jail without further incidents.
Epps faces multiple charges, including DUI and a felony charge for fleeing or eluding with a disregard for the safety of persons or property. The incident underscores the severity of the pursuit and the concerning behavior exhibited by the suspect during and after her arrest.