Ocala women accused of racing each other with kids in each of their cars

OCALA, Fla. — Ocala police arrested two women Friday, accused of endangering the lives of two children while racing each other on the highway.


According to the police department, just before 2 a.m. Friday, an officer reported seeing two cars speeding westbound on SW College Rd. near the Paddock Mall that appeared to be racing each other.

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The officer used a handheld radar and recorded both cars traveling at more than 90 miles per hour in a 45-mile-per-hour zone.

After a short distance, the officer was able to catch up to both cars, a Cadillac sedan and a Toyota sedan, and got them to stop.

Police say the Cadillac driver, identified as 22-year-old Jamirria Blunt, had a 15-year-old child riding in the front seat with her.

In the Toyota, driven by 22-year-old Kiara Johnson, police say they found an eight-month-old child in a rear-facing car seat.

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Both Blunt and Johnson were arrested for highway racing, a misdemeanor, and felony child neglect for the danger posed to the children in each car.

Blunt and Johnson have since been released from the Marion County jail on $1,000 bond each.

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