18-year-old woman arrested after allegedly assaulting deputy with truck after foot chase
BAKER — An 18-year-old was arrested Monday after she allegedly drove a truck toward an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was in a foot chase and later claimed the truck had been stolen.
River Harper of Holt was taken into custody for assault on a law enforcement officer, making a false report of a crime and tampering with evidence, according to an OCSO news release.
Harper was a passenger in a pickup truck that was pulled over by a deputy about 3:30 a.m. Monday on Old River Road near Baker. The driver, who has not been identified, reportedly jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the woods.
The deputy chased the suspect and was on a bridge in the middle of a two-lane road when he saw the truck coming at him at a high rate of speed, the OCSO reported.
“In fear of being struck, he was forced to take evasive action and fired two rounds at the vehicle,” the news release said.
No one was injured. Per standard protocols involving use of force, the deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave while the OCSO Office of Professional Standards reviews the incident. The findings will be reviewed by the State Attorney’s Office and Sheriff Eric Aden.
Investigators later determined the suspect vehicle was registered in Harper's name, the OCSO reported. After the incident, Harper allegedly filed a sworn affidavit of complaint claiming her truck had been stolen by an unknown subject.
In an interview with investigators, Harper later admitted to driving the truck toward the deputy and filing a false report that it was stolen, the release said.
Harper allegedly told investigators she fled from the traffic stop to conceal possible evidence located in the truck at the time of the traffic stop.