Driver blames Facebook rumors of rape for failure to pull over, police say

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.

A Gainesville woman who was arrested early Thursday morning for resisting police said she didn't stop for officers because she had seen on Facebook that police were stopping women drivers and raping them, a report said.

Charlotte Foster, who had two 5-year-old children in the vehicle, also admitted to police that she had been drinking but that she did not think she was too drunk to drive.

A Gainesville Police report said an officer saw Foster, 25, heading west on Northeast 8th Avenue around 1:30 a.m. when she ran a stop sign at Northeast 15th Street.

The officer turned on his lights and sirens, but Foster turned north on Waldo Road and continued driving until she turned west onto Northeast 16th Avenue and then into the Fairview Apartment complex.

The officer pulled into the lot but Foster yelled at him that she did not have to listen to him, the report stated. A passenger in the vehicle yelled at Foster to obey the officer.

When another officer pulled her out of the vehicle, Foster resisted and told police that she had read on Facebook about police raping women. She also said she was tired of getting pulled over because police have marked her vehicle as a drug car.

One of the children in the car was Foster's child.

Foster was arrested on a charge of resisting arrest without violence, fleeing a police officer, and two counts of child neglect.

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