ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A 2-year-old girl is fortunate to be alive after authorities say her mom fled from deputies and crashed.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office says Tiffany Rowland, 20, stole her parents Mercedes and led deputies on a pursuit through Orange Park. She was driving recklessly and at one point, according to deputies, rammed a patrol car and nearly hit another one head-on.
Her daughter was buckled up in a child seat in the back seat of the car during the entire incident. The pursuit came to an end when Rowland crashed into a chain link fence at the Ridgecrest Water Treatment Plant.
The car became impaled on a metal pipe from the fence. The pipe, according to a deputy at the scene, missed the child by less than one foot.
The little girl is OK. She's now with Rowland's sister.
Deputies determined Rowland was not impaired at the time.
She's facing charges of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, aggravated child abuse, grand theft auto, resisting an officer without violence, aggravated fleeing and eluding, driving with a suspended or revoked license and reckless driving.