PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Pasco County deputy’s body camera caught all the action in an unusual arrest Thursday. The deputy tried to pull over 56-year-old Liisa Myers for a welfare check when he says he saw her nodding off at the wheel.
That’s when a chase began. Moments later, the deputy’s cruiser collided with a cruiser from the New Port Richey Police Department.
A New Port Richey officer tried to stop Myers, but the suspect hit the gas, forcing that officer to jump out of the way, law enforcement said.
Once again, Myers nearly hit a cruiser, deputies said.
The chase eventually ended in the parking lot of the New Port Richey Police Department. Myers jumped the curb and then backed up, slamming into a cruiser, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office..
On the body camera video, Myers can be heard telling a deputy, “(The) police chief is a Christian … You are not.”
She later says, “This is a false arrest.” Soon after saying, “You can’t have what’s in my purse, my property or my kids.”
At one point in the parking lot, things became tenser as Myers appeared to resist the officers. One New Port Richey officer can be heard, “Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. You need to stop right now. You understand me, Liisa?”
Some might consider what happened next even more shocking. Deputies and officers can be heard in the video saying, “She’s (Liisa’s) got ammo with her?”
“Yeah, she had ammo in her purse,” another officer answers.
Then, another officer asks Myers, “Ma’am, do you have a gun?”
They eventually found a handgun.
News Channel 8 went to Myer’s New Port Richey home Friday night hoping to speak with family members. All the lights were on, but no one came to the door.
Neighbors we spoke with said they know Myers because they’ve had to call code enforcement before. They’ve witnessed erratic behavior, the neighbors said.
Dave Clark lives across the street from Myers. “She wasn’t thinking,” Clark said. “That’s a fact.”
News Channel 8 asked New Port Richey Police Chief Ken Bogart what he thought about Myers driving onto the police department’s front lawn. He said he was used to the bizarre. However, in this case, he said, “Now that is very strange.”
Myers’ charges include aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude with disregard of safety to person or property, three counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, DUI with property damage, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and reckless driving.
She is being held in the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center with a bond of $140,500.