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Sheriff's Office: Woman breaks down on I-95, steals the tow truck that comes to help
Suspect held on Osceola attempted unpremeditated murder charges, as well
By Pat Andrews
posted Jul 25, 2013 - 1:32:30pm
A woman whose rented car broke down on Interstate 95 stole the flatbed tow truck that came to her rescue, according to the Sheriff's Office.
"I thought she was playin,'" the flabbergasted tow truck driver told deputies. The truck driver reported that the woman had asked if she could borrow his tow truck to continue her trip to New York, and that he had playfully agreed.
When the truck driver turned his back to call the rental-car company about the breakdown, the woman got in the flatbed and sped off, nearly sideswiping a semi-truck as she went, the Sheriff's Office said.
The incident occurred on I-95 near Ormond Beach about 10 a.m. July 24. Using the GPS in the stolen tow truck, deputies tracked the truck to a gas station in Palm Coast, where Flagler County deputies arrested Angela Estrella, 37, who was inside the store buying diesel fuel.
According to authorities, a stolen tow-truck charge may be the least of the criminal charges facing Estrella, who is from Miami.
When she was booked into Volusia County Branch Jail Wednesday, jail officials were contacted by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, asking the Branch Jail to hold Estrella for them in connection with charges of attempted unpremeditated murder during a felony, leaving the scene of a crash, fleeing and eluding, and reckless driving leading to injury of a person or property damage.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office learned Estrella was out on bond in connection with an incident in August 2012 in Osceola County, when she was reported driving at speeds of more than 100 mph, and weaving in and out of traffic on U.S. Highway 192.
She had her 18-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son in the vehicle with her, and the children later told investigators their mother said she was trying to kill them, the Sheriff's Office said.
When law-enforcement vehicles tried to stop her, she rammed other cars, including a state trooper's cruiser, authorities reported. The 2012 incident came to an end when Estrella ran into a pickup after running a red light, but not before troopers fired shots at her, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. No one was hit by the bullets.
When she was booked in Volusia County July 24, Estrella refused to make any statement about her possession of the truck, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.
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