Dade County sheriff says driver in high speed chase targeted victim

Dade County Sheriff's Major Tommy Bradford undergoing hip surgery today

Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross stands before reporters during a news conference at the Dade County Commission building on Aug. 8, 2018, the day after sheriff's Major Tommy Bradford was hit by a suspect in a high speed chase, resulting in the loss of part of his leg.
photo Laura Leann Wooten

UPDATE: Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross said the suspect in Tuesday's high speed chase, Laura Leann Wooten, 35, targeted Sheriff's Major Tommy Bradford when she hit him as he was putting down spike strips on the side of the road.

Bradford is undergoing hip surgery today.


ORIGINAL STORY: The driver of the vehicle involved in Tuesday's high-speed chase is facing multiple felony charges related to an incident that left a Dade County law enforcement official hospitalized.

The suspect has been identified as 35-year-old Laura Leann Wooten, and she had been a suspect in a burglary earlier in the day, which led to the chase. A subsequent crash resulted in Dade County Sheriff's Office Major Tommy Bradford losing part of his leg. He is hospitalized at Erlanger in critical condition.

Wooten was the sole occupant of the car; a previous report said she was accompanied by a male.

A blood drive for Bradford is planned for Wednesday from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Trenton, Gs., according to WRCB.