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Police: Palm Harbor woman arrested at Largo park was fleeing traffic crash

LARGO — A Palm Harbor woman who fled a crash scene in Clearwater on Tuesday morning was later arrested in Largo after she sped into a park and nearly hit people out on their morning walk, authorities said.

Alicia Maria Torres, 30, of 813 Ohio Ave., was charged with reckless driving, a misdemeanor. It was unclear late Wednesday what, if any, charges Torres faced in the Clearwater accident.

According to Largo police, Torres caused a crash in Clearwater then drove off. But the other driver, a woman who was not identified, followed her.

Around 7:45 a.m., a deputy with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office saw Torres drive into Eagle Lake Park at 1800 Keene Road at an estimated speed of 80 miles per hour, an arrest report said. The speed limit on the park roads is 15 mph.

Torres was driving so fast she slid through the turn that enters the park and nearly hit some people who were walking there, the arrest report states.

The driver in the Clearwater crash had followed Torres to try to take down her license plate number and ran into a rock wall in front of the park, police said. That woman was hospitalized with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

Torres told police that she fled the crash scene because "she has had too many crashes and did not want the police involved," the arrest report states.

She was released on her own recognizance from the Pinellas County Jail later Tuesday afternoon, according to jail records.

Police: Palm Harbor woman arrested at Largo park was fleeing traffic crash 12/21/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 4:24pm]
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