Attorney faces 15 years for high speed chase

After leading police on a high speed chase through Navarre and Gulf Breeze, a south Florida defense attorney was convicted of multiple charges Jan. 9.

Terra Neshonda Carroll

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Terra Neshonda Carroll was convicted by a Santa Rosa County jury of fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer in agency vehicle with lights and siren activated and at high speed. She was also convicted of resisting an officer without violence.

Circuit Judge John Simon presided over the case and set sentencing for Feb. 20, 2018, at 1 p.m.  Carroll, a licensed attorney from South Florida, faces up to 15 years in state prison.

On Sept. 10, 2016, a civilian motorist reported a reckless driver, later identified as Terra Carroll, driving in the bike lane along Highway 98 westbound in Navarre. After being located by Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies, Carroll led law enforcement in a high speed pursuit along Highway 98, weaving in traffic, through red traffic signals, and nearly striking a pedestrian.

Carroll led officers on an 11mile chase through Gulf Breeze reaching speeds of 80 mph in a 45 mph zone according to the sheriff’s office arrest report.

The pursuit ended after Carroll crossed the center median in Gulf Breeze proper in a school zone, traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes, and drove head-on into the cruiser of a Gulf Breeze Police officer.

Carroll refused to acknowledge the law enforcement officers surrounding her vehicle, so officers gained access to her and the car by breaking out the windows.

According to the sheriff’s office arrest report, while Carroll was being pulled out, the Jeep rolled backward, striking two officers before a third officer reached through the passenger window to put the vehicle in park.

Carroll was arrested without further incident.

The investigation and arrest were conducted by Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office and Gulf Breeze Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Amy Shea.

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