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Woman accused of ramming ex-boyfriend's vehicle SEBRING - A woman ended up in the Highlands County jail after her ex-boyfriend accused her of pursuing him and ramming his vehicle several times, including near the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, according to a report. Zully Ann Valdez, 30, 3016 Dolphin Drive, Sebring, was arrested Aug. 17 by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The arrest came after the ex-boyfriend reported he saw Valdez at a store and left to avoid a confrontation, the report said.
However, he told deputies that Valdez followed him in her vehicle and that "during the course of the chase the defendant intentionally struck his vehicle several times, almost running him off the road," the report said. He reported he drove to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and as he exited his vehicle, Valdez rammed his vehicle again, the report said. Woman accused of stealing car, credit cards SEBRING - A woman who let another woman in her house to get a glass of water later discovered that someone stole her vehicle and credit cards, according to a report. Mary Patricia Griggs, 26, 1413 Home Ave., Sebring, was arrested Aug. 16 by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with driving while license suspended or revoked, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, grand theft of a vehicle, petit theft, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug equipment and tampering with evidence. The arrest came after a Highlands County deputy did a traffic stop on a car reported stolen and found Griggs to be the driver, the report said. Although Griggs denied stealing the keys to the vehicle, the owner said she found them missing after she let the woman in her house for a drink of water. The deputy reported finding liquid methamphetamine in Griggs' purse, the report said.