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Boca Raton Woman Flees Police After Alleged Walmart Shoplifting

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“I Can’t Afford To Be Arrested Right Now!” Flees In Mercedes. Pepper Sprayed By Cops! Read The Arrest Report…

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Patricia Pereira, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Boca Raton resident Patricia Pereira, 44, really didn’t want to be arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office after she allegedly shoplifted from the Walmart at 441 and Palmetto Park Road. She fled the Walmart in a Mercedes, then fled from police when they found her and stopped her. A few days later, when stopped again by police, she was allegedly so combative that an agent pepper-sprayed her. While writhing in pain, she again attempted to flee. PBSO prevailed, however, taking her into custody.

This is the drama-filled police report filed by PBSO: On October 6th 2022 at approximately 2150 hours, I was on routine patrol in the unincorporated area of Boca Raton, FL, 33428, when the following occurred.

I was advised over my PBSO radio of a shoplifting that took place at the Walmart located at 22100 State Rd 7, Unincorporated Boca Raton, FL, 33428. The witness stated that a white female shoplifted and took off in a black Mercedes SUV bearing FL. tag (6AZLU. I conducted a records check of the license plate and it came back to a white female named Patricia Pereira whose license was currently under suspension as of 09/28/2022 reference non-Judgment suspension). The listed address for Pereira was 10199 Serene Meadow Dr. N, Boca Raton, FL, 33428.1 responded to the front of her neighborhood in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop for suspicion of driving under suspension and investigative reasons for the shoplifting.

Approximately 5 minutes later 1 observed a black Mercedes SUV traveling out of the neighborhood onto State Rd 7. The window tints on the vehicle were clear and I Identified the driver as Patricia Pereira based on her DAVID photo. I positioned my unmarked patrol vehicle that is equipped with emergency red and blue lights as well as a siren behind the Mercedes and observed that tag attached as 06AZLU. I followed the vehicle south bound onto State Rd 7 where it went onto the turn lane at SW 18th Street. Once the light turned green Pereira failed to go and remained at the light till it turned red. After a brief period of time the light turned green again and Pereira made a U-turn to go north on State Rd 7. I conducted a traffic stop by activating my overhead lights and siren for the above-referenced violations.
The vehicle came to a stop and I approached the driver side of the vehicle. I made contact with Pereira who had the window rolled down only a few inches. I introduced myself as an Agent with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and informed her of my reason for the stop.

Pereira spontaneously uttered that she had her cell phone stolen after she ran from security at Walmart. Pereira believed that she might have dropped her cellphone while running. Pereira went on to say that security thought she was stealing from the store. I asked Pereira for her license, registration, and proof of insurance. After approximately 5 minutes of searching through various bags Pereira handed me her driver’s license along with a photo copy of an older driver’s license of hers. I observed the name Patricia Andrade Pereira on her FL Driver’s license. I stepped behind the vehicle to conduct a further check of her license when I observed that the brake lights were on in Pereira’s vehicle.

Knowing that applying the brakes during a traffic stop is a precursor to someone attempting to flee, I made contact again with Pereira and instructed her to turn off the vehicle and step out. At this time Pereira started to roll up her window and stated “I can’t afford to get arrested right now.” I attempted to open up her driver-side door, but it was locked. Pereira put the vehicle in drive and took off from the traffic stop at a high rate of speed north-bound. Per agency policy, I did not attempt to follow the vehicle. I observed Pereira ignore the red light and State Rd 7 and Sandalfoot Blvd and run it. It should be noted Pereira left her driver’s license in my possession and was later placed in evidence.

On October 9, 2022 at approximately 2116 hours, I was on routine patrol in the unincorporated area of Boca Raton, FL, 33428, when the following occurred. It should be noted that I am a member of the PBSO District 7 Street Crimes Unit. I was driving my unmarked patrol vehicle that is equipped with emergency lights and sirens. I was also wearing my class “C” issued uniform which consists of a black tactical vest that displays the word “Sheriff” on the front and back clearly depicting me as law enforcement to the public.

I was in the area of Serene Meadow Drive N and Breezeway Place, Boca Raton, 33428, when I observed a black Mercedes SUV bearing FL tag 06AZLU pulling into the driveway of 10314 Serene Meadow Dr. N. It should be noted that this vehicle fled from me on a traffic stop on October 6th 2022 after the registered owner Patricia Pereira handed me her Driver’s License and fled the traffic stop. I had active Felony Probable Cause for Patricia Pereira reference Fleeing and Eluding Patrol Vehicle Lights and Sirens FSS 316.1935(2), documented under PBSO case #22-116380.

I observed a female driver exit the vehicle and identified her as Patricia Pereira. I parked my patrol vehicle on the roadway in front of the residence 10314 Serene Meadow Dr. N. I exited my vehicle and made contact with Pereira as she was retrieving items from her vehicle. I stated “Patricia, Sheriff’s Office, You’re under arrest”. I took control of both of her wrists as she was facing the vehicle. She immediately started to scream and jumped into the vehicle. She landed laying down with her head in the passenger seat and turned to face me. She immediately started to kick me in the chest using both of her legs. She kicked me 3 times before I got control of her ankles and crossed them. I calmly, in a soft voice, explained to Patricia that she was under arrest and needed to stop resisting. I further explained that she needed to exit the vehicle. Patricia told me “no” and began to reach into her purse attempting to retrieve an unknown item. In fear that she may be reaching for a weapon. I un-holstered my agency issued OC spray and deployed one burst of spray in Patricia’s facial area in a left to right motion.

The OC was immediately effective as she started screaming in pain, stating that she could not see. I backed away from the vehicle a few feet in order to not be affected by the OC deployment. I advised over my PBSO radio that I needed emergency traffic in an attempt to get more units to the scene. I further advised that OC spray was deployed. Patricia then closed the driver-side door and immediately locked the car and started it. I gave loud verbal commands for Patricia to get out of the vehicle or I was going to break the window. I gave 5 commands for Patricia to get out of the vehicle with no success. I un-holstered my department-issued baton and gave a final warning to Patricia that I was going to break her window if she did not exit. Patricia ignored commands and put the vehicle in gear. Fearing she was going to once again flee. I struck her driver-side window one time with my baton.

The window did not break, however it startled Patricia enough for her to finally comply with my orders. She then exited the car and sat on the ground as I instructed her to do so. I secured her in my department issued handcuffs, which were double locked after checking for proper fit and spacing. I requested PBSO dispatch to send Palm Beach County Fire Rescue to tend to Patricía for the OC deployment. I find probable cause to charge Patricia Andrade Pereira with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer FSS 784.07(2)(b), Resisting with Violence FSS 843.01, and Resist without Violence FSS 843.02.

Patricia Pereira was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at 12:17 a.m. on October 11th. She was released on $5,000 bond at 8:15 p.m. on October 12th.

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