VERO BEACH, FL – On April 29th, 2021 at approximately 10:45 pm, deputies attempted a traffic stop on a Dodge minivan for an equipment violation. The van fled at a high rate of speed through parking lots, fields, and residential areas.
Aviation support was utilized to track the van which ended up crashing into two, unoccupied vehicles in the area of Vero Beach High School. The driver, later identified as Christina May Rivas Zeledon, fled on foot.
Patrol deputies with the assistance of the Vero Beach Police Department established a perimeter and canine Doc was deployed. Zeledon was eventually apprehended by a perimeter unit at which time she stated she had been involved in a crash.
Zeledon immediately claimed she was not driving and tried to blame the incident on a male named “Arthur.” Unfortunately for Zeledon, detectives with our Street Crimes unit observed her driving the van up to the point the traffic stop was initiated.
Zeledon has not had a valid Florida driver’s license since 2010.
When the van owner, who was out of town, was notified of her vehicle being involved in the aforementioned incident, deputies learned the vehicle was in fact stolen.
Zeledon was arrested and charged with the following:-Aggravated flee and elude-Leaving the scene of a crash with property damage-Driving while license suspended with knowledge-Grand Theft AutoZeledon is currently incarcerated at the Indian River County jail with a bond set at $26,000.00.