An auto theft that occurred in Bradenton Beach Jan. 3 led to a 34-year-old Bradenton woman in a chase with Sarasota police. She was shot in the leg during the pursuit and resulting crash.
The incident began at a Sarasota Walmart, when the victim of the auto theft ran into a friend who was accompanied by Stephanie Hicks. The victim gave the two a ride to Bradenton Beach. The victim needed to stop at another friend’s house before dropping the two off at their destination.
According to the police report, Hicks asked the victim to leave his keys in the ignition so she and the other passenger could listen to the radio. The victim went inside to visit his friend and, upon returning, discovered his vehicle and passengers were gone.
A report was filed and a “be on the lookout” was issued for the stolen vehicle. Sarasota Police Department officers spotted the stolen vehicle about a half hour after the BOLO was issued.
SPD attempted to stop the vehicle in the 2700 block of Central Avenue, but Hicks, who was driving, allegedly crashed into three patrol cars while trying to flee. Officers fired, and Hicks was shot once in the leg.
She was treated at a local hospital and then booked into the Sarasota County jail on six counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
She was being held with on no bond and also faces charges of felony vehicle theft and being a habitual traffic offender.
Floyd Laycock, 20, the passenger in the vehicle, was hospitalized after being bitten by a police dog.
According to court records, Laycock is homeless. He faces a charge of misdemeanor resisting arrest. He posted bond the same day and was released.