Woman who allegedly led police on a chase flips off the camera at the booking photo

Tyechia Payton, 34, was arrested Wednesday after allegedly leading police on a police chase and assault of a government official and a police dog.

(Palo Alto Police)

A woman who was arrested in California after allegedly leading police a chase, and later fighting with them made her feelings clear in her mugshot, in which she is seen flipping off the camera.

Tyechia Payton, 34, of Thornton, was arrested early Wednesday “for a whole laundry list of charges,” Palo Alto Police Department said in a press release.


Payton was pulled over just before 1:30 a.m. when a police officer was conducting a routine registration check. The officer realized there was an outstanding felony warrant for assault with a deadly weapon is connected to the vehicle for a woman.

The police said that even though she initially complied with the cop’s commands, Payton quickly drove.

The woman led the police on a chase through Palo Alto, until they eventually reach a dead-end street. That is when, according to the police, Payton abandoned her car and struck a police officer.

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A second agent uses their taser on Payton, who then fled from the scene on foot. A K-9 officer chased after her and Payton reportedly “hit the police dog as he was with her in custody.”

Payton suffered minor injuries in the altercation and reportedly received medical treatment at the scene. The officials concerned, including the K-9, has not suffered from an injury.

She was booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail for evading a crime, the crime of murder of a police officer, and felony assault on a police dog, and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

She was also booked on two outstanding warrants — felony assault with a deadly weapon and a felony traffic stop that they had previously, according to police.

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