Multi-county police chase ends in Gadsden following crash

A Cocoa, Florida woman is in jail after leading deputies on a high-speed chase through three counties.

According to a Florida Highway Police news release, shortly before 9 a.m on Saturday March 11 Florida Highway Patrol received a request from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to assist in a vehicle pursuit.

The pursuit was related to an aggravated battery on an inspector with the Office of Inspector General Florida Department of Corrections Criminal Investigation Division at the Northwest Florida Reception Center.

The fleeing suspect fled and attempted to strike the inspector with her vehicle, following a K-9 alert on her vehicle the release states.

Washington County officials say 30-year-old Franchesque Lashondra Robinson left the facility at a high rate of speed and almost collided with one of the officers on duty. 

Officials say Robinson traveled North on State Road 77 at high rates of speed in excess of 120 miles per hour throughout Washington, east on Interstate 10 through Jackson and in Gadsden County where she lost control of the vehicle.

Florida Highway Patrol joined the pursuit near the 122-mile marker traveling east.

At that time, Washington County Sheriff’s Office marked patrol vehicles were still pursuing the suspect vehicle.

The trooper took over as the primary unit, near the 125-mile marker,

An additional trooper joined the pursuit near the 136-mile marker.

At that point, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office discontinued the pursuit.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office stopped traffic at State Road 69 and Interstate 10 and then joined the pursuit at mile marker 145.

The pursuit continued until the suspect crashed into a guardrail at the 162.5-mile marker in Gadsden County. The suspect collided with a passenger vehicle just before colliding with the guardrail officials say.

Following the crash with the guardrail, the suspect reversed into one of the Florida Highway Patrol vehicles’ driver’s door, the Florida Highway Patrol report says.

Florida Highway Patrol and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office took the suspect into custody.

Two bundles of suspected drugs and approximately a half pound of a green leafy substance were discovered, in addition to several items of drug paraphernalia, officials say.

Court records show Robinson was charged with aggravated fleeing or eluding an officer, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and reckless driving.

The suspect was booked into the Gadsden County Jail, where she is being held on a $52,000 bond.

 Erin Hill –



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