Nicole Joy Harrison

Nicole Joy Harrison 

A 36-year-old Inverness woman who pushed her 2005 Nissan Altima to 104 mph, to escape her husband, she said, instead took a trip to the Citrus County Jail.

The Sept. 30 ride to jail in the back of a sheriff’s cruiser began when Citrus County Sheriff’s Deputy Altagracia Boswell was driving on South Pleasant Grove Road in Inverness and saw Nicole Joy Harrison pass three other vehicles in a no passing zone, then make a U-turn, and lose control of her car, according to Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court arrest records.

Once Harrison regained control of her vehicle, she passed an RV, also in a no passing zone, and sped off reaching a speed of 104 mph, according to Boswell’s arrest report, with Boswell in pursuit with emergency lights flashing.

Harrison stopped on South Pleasant Grove Road and East Anna Jo Drive in Inverness.

Harrison told Boswell that the reason she was driving recklessly was because she was trying to get away from her husband, who was following her in his truck.

“I advised the defendant that was not a good reason for her to be driving the way she was and she should have contacted the Sheriff’s Office if she was being followed,” Boswell said, according to arrest records.

Boswell arrested Harrison charging her with reckless driving and took her to the Citrus County Jail. The day of the arrest, was also Harrison’s birthday. Her bond was set at $500. 

She has pleaded not guilty and asked for a public defender because she can't afford an attorney, according to court records.       

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at fred.hiers@chronicleonline.com or 352-397-5914.

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