A 46-year-old Boynton Beach woman was arrested after leading deputies in the Florida Keys on a chase that reached speeds of 120 mph early on Sunday. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Laura Rager was southbound in her white Toyota at 73 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone at 2:23 p.m. when Deputy Juan Martin-Reyes spotted her. He turned around and attempted a traffic stop, backed up by Deputy Jon Huff. Rager pulled over but just as the deputy was getting out of the car, she took off.
She reached speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, crossing both the white and yellow lines of the roadway and forcing several vehicles off the road.
At one point, deputies say Rager crossed the centre line and drove directly at a deputy, forcing him off the road at the 16 mile marker. A little later, Martin-Reyes saw her roll down her window and stick her hand out, extending her middle finger at him.
After chasing Rager down to mile marker 5, deputies chased her back to the 20.5 mile marker, where they punctured her tyres and the car slowly came to a stop.
Rager jumped out of the car and fled toward a wooded area. When they caught up with her, they needed to use a Taser to subdue her.
Rager smelled strongly of alcohol and had several prescription medications in her vehicle, deputies said. She had urinated and defecated on herself and kept yelling "why don't you just shoot me, get it over with," to the deputies on scene.
She refused breath tests at the jail, and refused to sign citations as well. The deputy checked her arrest record and found two prior DUI arrests.
Rager was charged with fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (third violation), aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, speeding in excess of 50 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, failing to maintain a single lane, refusal to submit to a breath test and five counts of resisting arrest.