Convicted Felon Arrested Following Pursuit
NEWS RELEASE 18-128
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a convicted felon on nine charges Tuesday after she fled from deputies and caused a head-on collision on the interstate.
Tactical Unit deputies first initiated a traffic stop on Jacqueline Burge, DOB 03/21/64, who was driving without a license, around 11:00 a.m. As deputies activated their emergency lights, Burge began to flee in the 2100 block of Edmondson Road in Nokomis, driving through a residential yard and eventually striking a deputy’s vehicle. Burge continued to flee northbound on Albee Farm Road and eventually onto Laurel Road at speeds more than 70 MPH. During the pursuit, Burge merged onto I-75 southbound and lost control of her vehicle several times before crashing into another deputy’s vehicle and continuing to flee northbound in the southbound lanes. Burge eventually caused a head-on collision with another vehicle before fleeing from her car on foot. Deputies took her into custody and during a search of her vehicle, recovered methamphetamine, prescription pills, narcotic equipment, and several miscellaneous ID cards.
Burge, of 516 Armada Drive, Venice, now faces two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, two counts of Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving Property Damage, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Narcotic Equipment, and Driving with License Suspended. She has more than a dozen prior arrests in Sarasota County for crimes including Grand Theft, Burglary, Sale of Synthetic Narcotics, Prostitution and drug possession. Burge is a convicted felon who spent time in prison on charges from both Sarasota and Manatee counties.
She remains in custody today on $26,000 bond.