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Seven-mile chase ends when deputies deploy spiked stop sticks

Posted 12/31/69

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office successfully used stop sticks to stop a seven-mile chase of a woman suspected of stealing a car in Jacksonville. Nichole Marie Downing, 40, …

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Seven-mile chase ends when deputies deploy spiked stop sticks


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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office successfully used stop sticks to stop a seven-mile chase of a woman suspected of stealing a car in Jacksonville.

Nichole Marie Downing, 40, of Jacksonville, was charged with grand theft auto, driving under the influence, attempting to flee from law enforcement with emergency lights and siren active and driving with a suspended license on Dec. 6 after a deputy noticed her weaving and driving 10 mph slower than the posted speed limit on U.S. Highway 17.

Believing she was either impaired or under the influence, the deputy tried to make a traffic stop. According to the arrest report, the deputy was alerted the car had been reported stolen as Downing sped on eight different streets in the downtown area to get away.

Downing ran over spikes deployed by CCSO on U.S. 17 at Water Oak Lane. She ran into the front of the deputy’s car before finally coming to a stop in a ditch on Fleming Island.

CCSO said she admitted to running because a passenger had an open container of alcohol.

Her bond was set at $155,011.