Ex-dancer pleads no contest in fatal chase - FOX 13 News

Ex-dancer pleads no contest in fatal chase

Updated: Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

A former topless dancer could be going to prison for a long time.

Brittany Miles is accused of leading Pasco deputies on a high-speed chase last year, and it ended with a crash and the death of a motorcycle rider and a deputy seriously hurt.

It was back on May 10, Sheriff Chris Nocco explained, when Miles "for hours had been running into telephone poles, going into ditches."

Deputies finally caught up to her. But somehow, she was able to slip out of a deputy's squad car, get back into her own truck, and take off at high speed.

"She made that decision, she clearly made the decision that she wanted to get away from law enforcement and risk the lives of thousands of citizens," Nocco continued.

Miles was charged with trying to kill a deputy, escape, and fleeing and eluding. Monday, a week before her attempted murder trial was to start, she threw in the towel.

"Judge, she would enter a no contest plea as charged in the information and ask for a sentencing date at a later time," stated her attorney, Robert Rawlins.

Prosecutors were actually disappointed. They wanted to see her stand trial.

"The state attorney's office has not made any offers in this case and will not make any offers," Vincent Petty said. "We would like Ms. Miles to come to trial."

Miles will be sentenced in May. If she gets something less than a life prison term, her troubles are not over. She's also accused of killing a motorcyclist after the chase crossed over into Hernando County.

Investigators say the 61-year-old man likely never saw the high-speed chase coming his way.

The Pasco County deputy who was responsible for her in custody and allowed her to escape was suspended five days without pay.

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