PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – A 68-year-old woman is in custody in Panama City after being pursued in a high-speed chase by Florida Highway Patrol troopers on Saturday morning.
According to FHP officials, the pursuit started in Walton County after troopers observed her driving recklessly at a high rate of speed near Highway 98 and Cauley Road.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office requested a ‘Be on the Lookout’ for the vehicle around 7:30 a.m.
The person behind the wheel was identified as 68-year-old Susan Blair Case of Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Case was driving a white Lincoln SUV.
The chase continued to Bay County, where the suspect continued to drive through traffic at speeds over 100 miles per hour, according to FHP.
Troopers say the suspect crossed the Hathaway Bridge and slowed down, but crashed into a train crossing US-98.
The Lincoln collided with the train multiple times.
Trooper Darryl Sawyer attempted to assist the driver from the vehicle, however, the driver placed the Lincoln in reverse and fled at a high rate of speed, striking Trooper Sawyer and his patrol car, troopers wrote.
Case then continued to drive onto 23rd street where the chase resumed.
Troopers say the vehicle eventually broke down near the intersection of 23rd Street and Airport Road, where the suspect was finally apprehended.
She was transported to Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center for medical examination.
Some FHP Troopers received minor injuries from attempting to get the suspect out of the vehicle near the train tracks.
Case is facing charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and attempting to elude and leaving the scene of a crash with injury.
Troopers say Case has been in multiple hit and run crashes in both Okaloosa and Walton Counties in the past.