Fritz

Fritz

Handcuffs and a probation violation didn’t stop a Gainesville woman from stealing a patrol car and getting in a car chase with three law enforcement agencies on State Road 121.

On Monday evening, 30-year-old Mary Fritz was arrested at the High Springs Police Department for stalking and harassment, according to an arrest report. While in the back of a patrol car, Fritz freed herself and sped off.

The dashcam footage is not available for release as it is evidence, said Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Art Forgey.

The victim drove to the police hoping Fritz would stop following, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office report.

Fritz stopped by, so police arrested her for violating a condition of her probation, authorities wrote. 

Gainesville and High Springs Police and ACSO deployed cars, emergency lights and sirens but Fritz kept driving as the car was tracked via onboard GPS, according to the arrest report. The chase ended when authorities did a Precision Immobilization Technique maneuver, or making contact with the stolen car with their own.

Authorities said they tasered Fritz after she refused to exit the vehicle and didn’t listen to commands. 

Fritz remains in the Alachua County Jail in lieu of a $90,000 bond on charges of fleeing with disregard to safety, resisting an officer, grand motor theft, damage to property and stalking, according to county records. She also remains with no bond for her violation of probation.

Dana Cassidy is an 19-year-old UF journalism sophomore and crime reporter at The Independent Florida Alligator. Outside of writing she loves fitness, film analysis, Mad Men, bad reality TV and excessive amounts of coffee.