Sarasota police: Female car thief shot twice after ramming cruisers has long criminal record

SARASOTA, Fla. - A woman suspected of stealing a car and then ramming three police cruisers before she was shot by Sarasota officers early Thursday morning has a rather lengthy record, according to a police statement.

Officers spotted the 2012 Nissan around 2 a.m. near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Central Avenue, about 30 minutes after the Manatee Sheriff's Office had issued an alert for the vehicle.

When officers tried to stop the car, the driver, identified as 34-year-old Stephanie Ann Hicks, rammed three squad cars and sped away as police opened fire.

The car traveled south on Central Avenue before crashing into two trees.  Hicks was hit twice by bullets. The wounds were not life threatening.  

A passenger, 20-year-old Floyd David Lee Laycock, refused to give up and was dragged from the car by a K-9.

According to police, Hicks has been arrested 30 times.  18 of those arrests were in Florida, the rest in Tennessee on a long list of charges.  Her license has been revoked 7 times and suspended 7 times. She is classified as a habitual traffic offender.

Laycock has 17 previous arrests including robbery and carjacking with a weapon.

Hicks now faces six counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.  More charges are expected.

The investigation is ongoing.

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