CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A woman is accused of stealing her parents' car, leading police on a chase and coming to a stop only after she hit a fence causing a metal pole to impale her car.
According to a police report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office, 20-year-old Tiffany Rowland allegedly stole her parents' car Sunday. Rowland is accused of taking the car while they ran into a store to buy dog food, leaving the keys in the ignition, the report detailed.
Rowland allegedly jumped from the backseat to the driver's seat and took off, while her 2-year-old daughter was strapped in the backseat.
Once law enforcement located the silver Mercedes Rowland was driving, they attempted to make a traffic stop, according to the report. Rowland did not comply and allegedly led law enforcement on a chase through Orange Park.
After swerving around law enforcement vehicles attempting to stop her, Rowland's car left the road and struck a chain link fence, according to the report. A metal pipe from the end of the fence went through the windshield of Rowland's car, through the front and rear seats and out the trunk.
Rowland's 2-year-old daughter was found uninjured in the center of the back seat. According to the report, "the pipe that impaled through the vehicle missed the child by less than one foot."
Rowland is charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on a law enforcement officer, aggravated child abuse and grand theft auto following an incident during which she endangered herself, the driving public, deputies and her 2-year-old daughter.
Florida Department of Children and Families responded to the scene and placed the child in protective care with a family member.
The crash caused damage to the Ridgecrest Water Treatment Plant, but it is unknown at this time how much monetary damage was done the facility. A section of the fence line was destroyed.
Rowland was not injured and remains in the Clay County Jail on a total bond of $70,000.
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