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Woman leads cops on chase, punches police officer and K-9 before flipping the bird in mugshot: Police

A California woman managed to make a final statement to cops after leading them on an early morning high-speed chase this week. When she was finally booked into jail and posed for her mugshot, police said she flipped the bird just in time for the rude gesture to be included in her police record.

According to the New York Post, 34-year-old Tyechia Payton was initially stopped at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday by Palo Alto police.

When the officer confronted her about an outstanding warrant related to allegations that she struck a woman with her vehicle, Payton allegedly sped off and led officers on a pursuit that ended at a dead end.

The suspect then got out of her vehicle, according to police, and punched one officer. Another officer used a stun gun in an attempt to stop Payton, but she was reportedly able to run away.

Along the way, she allegedly struck a K-9 police dog in pursuit just before she was detained and taken into custody. None of the officers, including the dog, were injured in the encounter.

Payton, who was arrested following the short chase, did receive minor injuries during the pursuit.

She was later booked into jail in Santa Clara County and is expected to face several criminal charges including felony evading, felony assault on a police officer, felony assault on a police dog, and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

The suspect also faces unrelated charges based on outstanding warrants for assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor traffic violation.

[Featured image: Tyechia Payton, Palo Alto Police Department]