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Woman Rescued And Placed Under Baker Act After Driving Her Car In Gulfport Waters

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GULFPORT, FL. – A woman was rescued and placed un the Baker Act after intentionally driving her car into the water in Gulfport.

On Sunday at approximately 6:00 AM, officers with the Gulfport Police Department responded to the area of 58th St S and Shore Blvd S due to reports of a vehicle in the water and a female that was screaming. 

Police say that witnesses reported that she drove into the water intentionally.

The female was located in the water, and with assistance from the Gulfport Fire Department, she was pulled out. While walking to the ambulance, she broke away from rescue personnel and pulled a knife out from under her shirt, placing it to her own neck.

Officers attempted to speak with the female, but she was unresponsive and did not comply with commands to put the knife down.

Officers were forced to use a less-lethal munition (rubber projectile) to disarm her and eliminate the threat to herself.

The female was taken into custody under a Baker Act and sustained no additional injuries other than a minor welt.

The vehicle was removed from the water.

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