NEW PORT RICHEY — Circuit Judge Michael Andrews asked the woman to raise her right hand. Her arms were handcuffed, her legs shackled. She was able to lift her hand just a few inches.
"You are Brittany Miles," Andrews said in his courtroom Monday. "Is that accurate?"
"Yes, sir," said Miles, 22. Her voice was so soft it was difficult to hear in the nearly empty room. She had no relatives there.
Nearly a year ago, authorities say, Miles went on a deadly rampage on U.S. 19 that landed her in jail on multiple charges. She came to court Monday to give up the fight.
Miles, a former stripper and daughter of a Hernando sheriff's deputy, pleaded no contest to attempted murder, escape, fleeing to elude law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine and DUI. She had no deal worked out with prosecutors and faces a maximum of life in prison when Andrews sentences her in May.
"It means you are taking a risk," he said. "Do you understand that?"
"Yes, sir," she said.
On May 10, 2011, Pasco Deputy Ashley Grady pulled Miles over and arrested her in Hudson on a suspected DUI, but Miles got one hand free from her handcuffs. She reached through the cruiser's window — which had been rolled down for deputies to speak with Miles — opened the door, ran to her truck and peeled out, authorities say. Grady leapt onto the running board, clung to the truck and tried to pull the keys out of the ignition. The Sheriff's Office says Miles shoved Grady off of the truck, flinging her onto the traffic lanes on U.S. 19. She was cut, bruised and had a broken leg, and was later suspended for five days without pay for violating agency regulation by leaving the window down.
"As far as the deputy, you know, she jumped on the truck, you know what I mean? It's not like I hit her. She fell off. … Like it was her decision to jump on the truck," Miles said in a recorded jail phone call with the father of her son, the Sheriff's Office says. "She just jumped on the f------ truck while I was f------ driving. I mean, what was I supposed to do?"
A few miles north, authorities say, Miles had several cruisers trailing her in a 100 mph chase when she struck and killed motorcyclist Henry McCain, 67, at the intersection with County Line Road.
That crash was in Hernando. There, she is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated fleeing and eluding. If convicted of murder, the sentence is life in prison.
Her trial date has not been set. Miles has a court hearing in Hernando on Friday.
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