Palm Bay Woman Accused of DUI Leads Police Chase

Palm Bay woman suspected of DUI refused to pull over for Melbourne Police.
Palm Bay woman suspected of DUI refused to pull over for Melbourne Police.

MELBOURNE, Florida – A Palm Bay woman faces multiple charges after leading police on a chase in Melbourne, reports show.

Amanda Kay Engstrom, 32, was charged with Fleeing, DUI, DUI with Property Damage, and Reckless Driving Tuesday by the Melbourne Police Department.

A motorist called police after they saw Engstrom crash into a guardrail on E. New Haven Avenue and then continue to drive reckless, according to the affidavit.

The Palm Bay woman was then spotted by police “driving very close to the vehicle in front of it and was repeatedly tapping its breaks,” police said.

While conducting a traffic stop with full lights and sirens, Engstrom pulled into a parking lot but then proceeding to drive back to South Harbor City Blvd. without stopping for police, the report said.

“The vehicle entered S. Harbor City Blvd without stopping and drove through several lanes of traffic,” the officer said.

Officers then used the PA system on their patrol cars commanding Engstrom to pull over. Engstrom eventually stopped, stepped out of the vehicle, and “appeared very confused,” police said.

Engstrom told police she usually takes Suboxen but hasn’t since the early morning. She admitted to crashing into the guardrail but left the scene because Engstrom “knew she had a warrant” for her arrest. It was a felony warrant for a Failure to Appear.

Engstrom agreed to conduct field sobriety exercises, which led police to believe she was too impaired to drive. She blew 0.00 on a breathalyzer test and declined to provide a urine sample several times.

Melbourne Police transported Engstrom to the Brevard County Jail where she is currently being held on $3,000 bond.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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