A woman trying to cash a stolen check at a bank wound up in a car chase with a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy on Thursday. The chase ended when the woman's car spun and crashed.
Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Rod Reder said Laura Forster, 21, presented a stolen and forged check to be cashed to a drive-through teller at Sun Trust Bank at 403 Brandon Blvd. The checks had been reported stolen at the University of South Florida several days ago.
Bank employees told deputies they knew something was amiss when Forster presented a stolen driver's license to go with the check. The woman in the license picture was white. Forster is black.
While Forster waited in her car, bank employees called the Sheriff's Office. Deputy David Luis drove up and used his patrol car to block Forster's car. When Luis got out of his car, Forster drove straight at him. Luis drew his gun and then jumped out of the way.
Forster drove across the concrete median of Brandon Boulevard and then went north on Kings Avenue into a neighborhood, where she drove across a front yard, deputies said.
When Forster headed back onto Kings, Luis hit her car and caused it to spin. Forster stopped and was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated fleeing and eluding, uttering a forged instrument and grand theft. She is being held in county jail on $7,000 bond.