Woman chased man on I-75 with kids in car, deputies say

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 4:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 4:38 p.m.

A woman angry at a man who wanted to go play cards broke out windows in their home early Monday, then put her two young children in her car and chased him and another woman in a car on Interstate 75 trying to hit their vehicle, deputies said.

The dispute, which started in LaCrosse, ended in a Gainesville convenience store with the woman throwing potato chips and soda at the victims, according to an Alachua County Sheriff's Office report.

Marqusia Ross, 23, and Demeatrice Holmes, 27,began arguing in their home at 9428 NW 95th St. shortly after midnight when Holmes said he wanted to go out, the report said.

The argument spilled outside, then Holmes went back inside. While Ross smashed out windows in the house, Holmes called his ex-girlfriend Destiny Carter, 23, to come get him, deputies said.

After Holmes and Carter drove off, Ross grabbed two children -- ages 3 and 11 months -- and put them in a car and chased the pair through Alachua and onto I-75 southbound to exit 390. A witness called deputies to report a driver who seemed to be trying to hit another car on the highway.

Carter and Holmes pulled into a Kangaroo convenience store on Northwest 39th Avenue and asked the clerk to call deputies. The clerk told the pair to get behind the Subway sandwich counter when Ross followed them inside while carrying one of the children.

Ross grabbed potato chip bags and started throwing them at Holmes. She also threw a metal can opener and a full plastic soda bottle at him.

Ross was arrested on a count of cruelty toward a child and assault. She was being held Monday at the Alachua County jail.

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