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Florida police prevent driver from causing a ‘mass casualty’ event


(ST. PETERSBURG, FLA)– A Florida woman was arrested after driving her vehicle “recklessly” through the path of a Thanksgiving day 5k race, according to police.

The St. Petersburg Police Department said the incident happened early Thursday morning when Ashlee Lauren Morgan, 38, drove her Range Rover, traveling at over 60 mph, toward an area that had been cordoned off for the 5k race where a stream of hundreds of runners were occupying the road.

Police officers, who were posted there to keep traffic away from the racecourse, attempted to stop Morgan from driving through the runners.

Police say that Morgan “refused, ignored commands of ‘stop!’ and fled the scene of the stop at an extremely high rate of speed, onto the actual racecourse, further putting the lives of runners/race participants at risk.”

Morgan was stopped and detained by police officers just a few minutes later. 

Approximately 3,000 people were participating in the “Coffee Pot Turkey Trot” race, and authorities say that Morgan’s actions endangered all of their lives.

Morgan is being charged with reckless driving, fleeing and eluding police, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, and resisting an officer without violence.