YULEE, Fla. – A Jacksonville woman was arrested early Tuesday morning in Yulee after investigators say she stole a car and led Nassau County deputies on a 15-mile high-speed chase.
Tanya Marie Lambert, 36, of Jacksonville, faces a list of criminal charges including felony vehicle theft, and eluding law enforcement officers, which is also a felony.
According to an arrest report obtained by News4Jax, a Nassau County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a stolen vehicle report at a residence on Catalina Drive when he noticed a vehicle fitting the description of the stolen car heading northbound on Old Nassauville Road.
The deputy stopped the vehicle in front of Springhill Baptist Church.
According to the report, as the deputy walked up to the car, Lambert sped off and continued traveling northbound along Old Nassauville Road at speeds close to 100 miles per hour.
At one point during the high-speed chase, the deputy had to take evasive action after Lambert did a U-turn and drove right at him.
The deputy said that during the chase, Lambert caused two motorists to run off the road, where they nearly struck a concrete guardrail.
Once the vehicle got on northbound Highway 17, it reached speeds up to 100 miles per hour.
The chase ended when Lambert lost control of the car and crashed in a grass median as she tried to get on I-95. The crash caused the front axle to break.
According to the deputy, Lambert still tried to get away, so he Tased her, but she was not ready to give up. Two deputies then grabbed Lambert and pulled her out of the car and took her into custody.
The owner of the car told deputies that he picked Lambert up in Jacksonville and gave her ride back to his home. According to the owner, she went into his "man cave" and took his car keys and stole his car.
While in the process of stealing the vehicle, the car’s owner said Lambert drove through a chain-link fence that surrounded his home.