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Winter Haven Woman Arrested After Backing Into Police Vehicle and Then Fleeing

Posted June 14th, 2019

On 6/14/19 just before midnight, officers received a 9-1-1 all in reference to possible shots fired in the area of 2nd St NW in Winter Haven. As the first officer arrived, he observed a silver 2004 Chevy Impala in the middle of the road along 2nd St NW. The driver’s side door was open and the officer could hear yelling coming from the vehicle. As the officer started to approached, the vehicle pulled away. Witnesses in the area started yelling, “That’s them!” while pointing to the Impala.

The officer maneuvered his patrol vehicle behind the Impala while the driver continued along 2nd St NW towards Ave R. NW. The driver, 22 year-old Dresna Louis (Sears Ave NE, Winter Haven) pulled into the parking lot on the east side of the roadway and came to a stop. The officer activated his emergency lights and pulled behind the Impala. He exited the vehicle and started walking towards the Impala when the vehicle was placed in reverse and struck the front of the patrol car. The officer jumped back fearing the vehicle would veer over towards him. The officer was not injured.

Louis then placed the vehicle into drive and took off towards Ave R NW making a westbound turn. The officer called over the radio and immediately got into his vehicle to follow the driver. The vehicle was ultimately stopped at 4th St NW and Ave S NW where she was removed from the vehicle.

Louis was found to have a kitchen knife in her front pocket and a pink Taser in her lap. She couldn’t produce any identification and initially told the officer a false name. When that name was not found, she told the officer another false name. Ultimately she was identified as Dresna Louis and it was determined that she had a revoked driver’s license and two active warrants from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

(At the time, officers were unable to determine if there were in fact shots fired. This is still being investigated.)

Louis was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with one count of each: Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement Officer F.S.S. 784.07(2) (F-2), False ID to LEO F.S.S. 901.36(1) (M-1), Resisting Officer Without Violence F.S.S. 843.02 (M-1), Knowingly Driving with Suspended License F.S.S. 322.34(2)(A) (M-2) and Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Property Damage F.S.S. 316.061 (M-2)

mugshot of suspect Louis