COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - Police said a Florida woman led St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputies on a high-speed chase from Covington to Slidell over a dispute at a car dealership Tuesday.
Shortly after 9 a.m., the STPSO received a 911 call from the Kia Dealership on Holiday Boulevard about a woman acting "erratic" inside the business. Witnesses said the woman, identified as 21-year-old Mila Ellis from Hialeah, FLA, went into the car dealership, pretended she was a manager, and began firing employees. The employees obviously knew that Ellis was not a manager, and due to her bizarre behavior, contacted law enforcement authorities.
When deputies arrived, they asked Ellis to leave the business and to not return. As Ellis was leaving, deputies ran the license plate on her Honda Accord and discovered it was reported stolen out of Broward County, FLA. Police said as deputies tried to stop Ellis, she put her car in reverse, tried to run over a STPSO deputy, and then fled on Interstate 12 toward Slidell.
Several deputies joined the pursuit, during which they said Ellis rammed two police vehicles in an attempt to run them off the road. The pursuit ended on Airport Road in Slidell after Ellis ran into ditch and was taken into custody. Ellis faces several charges, including:
- Disturbing the peace
- Possession of stolen property
- Attempted murder of a police officer
- Aggravated flight from an officer
- 2 counts of aggravated criminal damage
"Our deputies did a great job ensuring that the safety of our citizens was their number one priority," Sheriff Randy Smith said. "We are thankful no one was hurt during this incident as it could have turned out a lot worse."
Deputies are still investigating the circumstances of the stolen vehicle and Ellis' actions at the car dealership. Ellis is currently at the St. Tammany Parish Jail and a bond has yet to be set.