COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — A 24-year-old driver faces multiple felonies after deputies say she intentionally struck a patrol car multiple times and then led them on a pursuit Wednesday night.
Lidia Esperanza Ajca-Tebalan is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, fleeing and eluding, hit and run, and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage.
According to the Collier County Sheriff's Office, the deputy responded to a vehicle crash near the intersection of Rebecca Drive and Boston Avenue in Immokalee around 8 p.m.
The deputy says he pulled his patrol car near the suspect vehicle with Ajca-Tebalan still behind the wheel. She then made eye contact with him and then accelerated, striking his patrol car twice before speeding off down Boston Avenue.
CCSO says Ajca-Tebalan crashed her sport utility vehicle into a tree after leading deputies on a brief pursuit.
She was arrested and taken to jail.