UPDATE 3-Two women arrested after running checkpoints near Trump's Florida resort


FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club is shown ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., August 31, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two women were arrested in Florida for running two security checkpoints near Mar-a-Lago on Friday in a police car chase that was unrelated to U.S. President Donald Trump’s resort, officials said.

Trump was in Washington at the time, but was scheduled to leave for his Palm Beach resort later on Friday.

The vehicle’s driver, identified as Hannah Roemhild, 30, initially attracted police’s attention for dancing on top of a car, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw told reporters.

A car chase ensued through the town of Palm Beach with speeds in excess of 70 mph and Roemhild driving her black SUV on the wrong side of the road at times, he said.

“This is not a terrorist thing,” Bradshaw told a press conference, adding that Roemhild did not appear to have a police record and had a Connecticut driving license. “This is someone who was obviously impaired somehow and driving very recklessly.”

Officers fired on the vehicle after it crashed through two checkpoints and approached a third at about 11:40 a.m. EST (1640 GMT), the sheriff’s office said.

Roemhild is likely to face charges of assault on a federal officer, deadly assault on a sheriff’s deputy and various traffic charges for driving her car through the checkpoints, Bradshaw said. Nobody was injured, he said.

The two were taken into custody after the Florida Highway Patrol, which had been pursuing the SUV, continued the chase along with a sheriff’s helicopter, the sheriff’s office said.

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“There was clearly no intention,” said Bradshaw. “I’m not so sure she knew where she was going.”

Reporting by Susan Heavey and Peter Szekely in New York; additional reporting by Andrew Hay in New Mexico; editing by Grant McCool



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