Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Public safety

St. Petersburg police: Woman, 31, stole one car, struck two more during 'one woman crime spree'

ST. PETERSBURG — A 31-year-old woman launched a "one woman crime spree" on Monday morning, according to St. Petersburg police.

Police said Michelle Renee LaMotte, 31, walked up to a red Chevrolet Corvette rental car parked in the 3200 block of 36th Avenue N at 9:44 a.m. and started attacking the driver, kicking and hitting her. LaMotte then took the keys from the driver and drove off in the Corvette.

A St. Petersburg police officer in the area noticed the Corvette being driven erratically and then saw it strike another vehicle and drive off. The stolen car sustained damage in the hit-and-run crash, police said, and was limited to speeds of 5 to 10 mph.

Nevertheless, police said LaMotte refused to pull over for the officer. Instead, she kept driving and then hit another car at slow speed at the intersection of 30th Avenue N and 37th Street N. LaMotte then jumped out of the Corvette, police said, got into the vehicle she had just hit and tried to steal it, too. LaMotte was then arrested by the officer who tried to pull her over earlier.

She was taken to a local hospital, police said, where she interrupted an officer reading Miranda rights to her. She struck the officer's hand, grabbed the Miranda card and threw it, police said.

LaMotte faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, burglary with battery, carjacking, driving with a suspended or revoked license, fleeing and eluding a police officer and leaving the scene of an accident. There was also an outstanding arrest warrant for petty theft. Police did not disclose where she is currently being held.

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