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Florida Police Chase Ends With Smashed Fire Hydrant, Vehicle Swallowed By Sinkhole

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A wild police chase on the streets of south Florida ended in the strangest way possible.

The chase came after Ivanka Cancic, 50, ran over 68-year-old Betty J. Greene before fleeing the scene. Couric then slammed into a hydrant, flooding neighborhood streets early Monday morning.

When police arrived to the scene, the water had already caused a condominium’s parking lot to sink in, partially swallowing a parked SUV.

“I saw my car, I thought, ‘Oh my God, how am I ever going to get that out of there?’” the car’s owner Diane Duchesne told the Sun Sentinel.

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The hit-and-run victim, Greene, was walking with her church group when Cancic struck her with her pick up truck, police say. Greene hospitalized and recovering after her arm was run over.

“She said she awoke to find herself under the truck and the tire was rolling over her arm,” her son, Darron Jackson, said. “She has tire marks on her arm right now.”

Cancic was found passed out with her head on top of her truck’s steering wheel. Cops found a near empty bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila inside the vehicle.

Deputies say the driver asked them, “What happened?”

Cancic asked to be taken to the hospital, where she caused a scene, according to Jackson, whose mother was taken to the same hospital. He said Cancic could be heard down the hall from her mother’s hospital room.

“She was screaming, saying she was going to call internal affairs on the police and saying that she did not want to give a blood sample.” Jackson said.

Cancic was arrested at the scene on multiple charges including DUI, DUI property damage, fleeing the scene of a crash and driving with a suspended license.

Judge John “Jay” Hurley declared Cancic to be a “very, very, significant danger to the community” Tuesday during a court hearing. The Sun Sentinel reports Cancic has nearly a 30-year history of drug and driving violations.

She was ordered to remain in jail without bond.

Source: Sun Sentinel, NBC 6