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‘I’m not getting arrested’ woman chased by deputies tells 911 operator

Mari Mayfield is accused of reckless driving and fleeing a law enforcement officer

Mari Mayfield is accused of reckless driving and fleeing a law enforcement officer

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A woman accused of fleeing from law enforcement officers during a high-speed chase in St. Johns County called 911 during the pursuit and told the operator she didn’t plan on stopping.

Mari Ruth Mayfield, 42, was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of fleeing from law enforcement and reckless driving.

According to the arrest report, Mayfield was driving her Dodge Charger west around 110 mph in a 55 mph zone on State Road 9B at West Peyton Parkway around 2 p.m. when a deputy tried to pull her over on County Road 210. Deputies said Mayfield kept going, albeit at a slower speed.

During the chase, Mayfield called 911 and said, “I’m not pulling over for these officers,” according to the arrest report.

News4Jax obtained audio from the call to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.

Mayfield: I’m being followed by 2 officers. I need a sergeant or somebody in charge.
Dispatcher: Where are you?
Mayfield: I’m not pulling over for these officers. They’re coming to my car. If they threaten me it’s going to be a bad day.
Dispatcher: Why is it going to be a bad day?
Mayfield: Because they should not have stopped me. I was going 20 miles an hour.
Dispatcher: Can you pull over?
Mayfield: These guys are following me. They have guns and they have cars.
Dispatcher: They’re pulling you over because it’s a traffic infraction.
Mayfield: But I wasn’t speeding.
Dispatcher: You can pull over.
Mayfield: They have guns.
Dispatcher: They’re not gonna shoot you.
Mayfield: They shoot innocent people every day. I’m not gonna deal with this. I’m not getting arrested. And I’m not getting harassed. And I’m not getting touched. If one of these guys touches me I’m gonna sue the s*** out of you.

According to the report, Mayfield eventually pulled into a shopping center on 210 got out of her car and ran into a jewelry store while deputies told her to stop. A deputy chased her and eventually discharged a Taser gun and Mayfield was taken into custody, according to the report.

Mayfield, who is also accused of resisting an officer without violence, was released on a $6,000 bond.

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