Florida prison escapee driving stolen car arrested after bolting from Sarasota deputies: FHP

A woman wanted for escaping from a Florida prison is headed back behind bars.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Sarasota County deputies tried to pull over 22-year-old Aaliyah Christian Foster shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Instead of stopping, authorities say Foster, who officials say was driving a stolen Lexus, took off and was later spotted by a trooper on I-75 in Lee County. 

The trooper tried to pull her over, but she bolted again. 

Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol

Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol

Troopers say she was weaving through traffic and speeding, reaching 115 miles per hour at one point. 

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According to FHP, the speeding Lexus made several aggressive lane changes in front of the patrol vehicle and threw an unknown object from the passenger-side window. 

Troopers tried to perform a precision immobilization technique (PIT maneuver) to stop the Lexus but were unsuccessful. 

In Collier County, troopers and deputies deployed stop sticks, which deflated the tires on the Lexus, but she kept driving south on I-75 on the rims, according to FHP. 

Aaliyah Foster mugshot courtesy of the Florida Department of Corrections.

Aaliyah Foster mugshot courtesy of the Florida Department of Corrections. 

When the Lexus entered the interchange of Golden Gate Parkway, troopers say it crashed into a pedestrian crosswalk sign on the south shoulder.

Troopers say Foster refused to comply with troopers, barricaded herself inside the vehicle, forcing law enforcement officers to physically remove her from the car. Deputies say they found 15 small baggies in the car, which tested positive for 12.6 grams of cocaine. 

Foster was taken to an area hospital as a precaution, released, and placed under arrest. 

She was charged with fleeing with disregard of safety to people or property, grand theft, driving while license suspended (habitual offender), possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, reckless driving with damage to people and/or property and an out-of-county warrant. 

Troopers say Foster had an active warrant for escaping from a Hollywood, Florida jail this year after being charged in 2023 for fleeing from law enforcement. 

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