PORT RICHEY — The car hit the median and went airborne, flying from the northbound lanes on U.S. 19 in front of Gulf View Square Mall, smashing into a traffic sign and crossing into the southbound lanes. It was just past midnight — the first few minutes of Tuesday.
The driver — a young woman — kept going, straight into oncoming traffic, authorities said.
Other drivers began calling 911 and following her.
The woman pulled into a parking lot. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, witnesses parked next to her and told her to shut off her car and said they had called the police.
She shut off her lights.
Then took off again, headed north on U.S. 19, the report said.
The witnesses — at least three cars — tailed her.
The woman's car hit curbs, her lights still off, for 2 miles until she drifted over into another parking lot, FHP said.
This time the Good Samaritans blocked her in with their cars so she couldn't leave.
When a trooper arrived, a witness was still telling the driver to shut off her car and to give him the keys, a report said.
When the woman saw the trooper, she shut off the engine and put the keys into a hole where a stereo was missing inside her car.
"The defendant attempted to exit the driver's side and stumbled, almost falling over before catching herself on the door," the report said.
The trooper asked the woman — Sharon E. Dizon, 26, of New Port Richey — where she was coming from.
She said "she was out looking for her boyfriend," the report said.
When asked if she remembered hitting the median, Dizon said, "I didn't mean to. It just happens sometimes," according to the report.
Dizon mumbled and couldn't stand on her own, the report said.
She slipped out of her handcuffs twice and had to have her wrists tied together with leg restraints, the trooper wrote. When asked repeatedly to not get out of her handcuffs again, Dizon said, "I don't know what I'm doing right now. I have a lot going on in my mind," the report said.
While en route to the jail, Dizon screamed, cried and shouted obscenities, the report said. She said she couldn't believe the trooper was taking her to jail. "I'm (bleeping) detoxing!" she shouted, the report states.
Dizon, of 4217 Craftsbury Drive in Beacon Square, refused to give a urine sample, authorities said. She is charged with DUI and resisting arrest without violence.
Dizon was released from the Pasco County jail at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.
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