Tallahassee woman charged with reckless fleeing, tackled to floor

Posted at 10:39 AM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 06:39:39-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee woman sped away when a Florida Highway Patrol trooper tried to make a stop on her car and was ultimately tackled to the floor and handcuffed.

Alana Matrell Randolph, 33, was booked into the Leon County Detention Center after the chase Friday.

The trooper wrote in a probable cause affidavit that he first saw Randolph driving a Honda sedan without its headlights off on Gamble Road but that the headlights were turned on while on Holton Street.

As Randolph's car approached a stop sign on Holton Street, the trooper wrote, there was another vehicle already stopped at the sign. The Honda had its red turn signal on and began to travel to the left of the already stopped vehicle.

Both vehicles left the stop sign and went in the same direction.

Randolph's car made a right turn onto Orange Avenue and then immediately made an abrupt U-turn in the middle of the road, impeding traffic, the trooper wrote.

Then the trooper turned on emergency lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop for possible DUI and reckless driving, the court document said.

In fleeing, Randolph then refused to stop and ultimately failed to stop for at least two red traffic signals, a traffic sign and made improper passes on another vehicle.

Off Jackson Bluff Road, Randolph turned into a private driveway for apartments. There, the trooper wrote, when the car stopped, Randolph jumped out of the driver seat and another female left the passenger side of the car and began to get a child out of the back seat. 

Randolph flung open the driver side door, and, refusing to show the trooper her hands and to get on the ground, ran into an apartment, the court document said. 

As  Randolph entered the door, the trooper wrote, he grabbed her left shoulder with his left hand while she tried to sling the door shut.

"While maintaining the hold that I had on Ms. Randolph's left shoulder, the door bounced back open off my left arm, where I was then able to pick Ms. Randolph off the ground and tackle her to the tile living room floor," the court document said.

From there, the trooper said he was able to get her hands behind her back and to handcuff her.

The trooper wrote that the incident was recorded on his vehicle's camera.

She faces several charges: two counts of neglecting a child without great bodily harm (a child was in the car), and one count each of fleeing/eluding police at high speed, knowingly driving while license revoked, resisting an officer without violence and reckless driving.

Court documents listed no amount for bail and said that she spent one day in jail.