Woman who led motorized suitcase chase through Orlando airport agrees to plea deal
ORLANDO, Florida. – The New Jersey woman who appeared in a viral video driving a motorized suitcase through Orlando International Airport while being chased by a police officer has reached a plea deal with prosecutors, court records show.
Chelsea Alston, 32, did not contest the misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief charges.
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In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to drop charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer and criminal mischief causing more than $1,000 in damages. Each count carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Alston was arrested in April 2021 following an incident that was captured on the video camera carried by an Orlando police officer.
After airline workers banned Alston from boarding a plane because she appeared to be intoxicated, Alston left the gate in a motorized suitcase as the officer followed her by bike.
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“We’re going to have a bicycle chasing a suitcase in a minute,” Officer Andrew Mamone said, as he tried to catch up to Alston and escort him out of a secure area of the airport.
Mamone then arrested Alston after allegedly spitting on the officer. Alston was also charged with causing more than $1,000 in damage to his patrol car.
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A judge sentenced Alston to 50 days in jail, which she had already served after her arrest, and placed her on supervised probation for 12 months.
As part of his sentence, Alston must pay $1,222 in restitution to the Orlando Police Department for the damaged patrol car.
Alston must also complete an anger management program, undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and complete 75 hours of community service, according to court records.
If Alston succeeds in serving his sentence, the judge will suspend his judgment, which means that no convictions will appear on his criminal record.
It comes after Alston was re-arrested for failing to appear in court and failing to show up for her first trial earlier this year.
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