Rush to hospital after rattlesnake bite turns into high-speed police chase

by Jessica Clark

A Florida man is recovering after a harrowing ordeal that started with a snake bite and ended with his wife in handcuffs.

Ohlen Rimes hobbles on crutches just days after a snake bit him twice on his foot.

It happened in his backyard in Bostwick.

His wife, Brenda heard some commotion.

With her husband in the passenger seat, Brenda put on her flashing lights, honked her horn and started speeding to the Putnam Community Medical Center.

On the way she drove right by a Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy who clocked her going 70 miles-per-hour in a 45 miles-per-hour area.

The deputy turned on his lights and siren, but Brenda didn't stop.

"At the time, I didn't know you're supposed to pull over and let them lead you, because all I was thinking about was getting Ohlen to the hospital. He'd been bitten! I didn't know how much venom he had in him," Brenda said.

Putnam County Sheriff Dean Kelly said Brenda should have stopped when she heard the siren and saw the lights.

"We can certainly understand emotions are involved when someone thinks they're in an emergency, but that deputy can be the first line of assistance," Kelly said.

In the report, the deputy says Brenda nearly hit a wheelchair and ran a car off into a ditch.

Brenda disputes those claims.

She said there was no wheelchair, and she says the car pulled off to the side to let her pass.

After a high speed chase, Rimes reached the hospital.

The deputy was right behind them.

That's when things got even worse according to the Rimes.

Olhen said, "She stopped and got out of the car, the cop pulled a gun on her, and told her to turn around," Ohlen explained.

"He snatched me around and put handcuffs on my hands and drug me over to the police car and threw me in it," added Brenda.

Meanwhile, Ohlen had stepped outside the car.

"I told them, 'I got the snake right here. I've been snake bit.' The deputy acted like he didn't even care," said Ohlen.

Sheriff Kelly says when an officer is chasing someone he may not know why the driver isn't pulling over.

"The officer does not know what their reason is. He could have someone who just committed a crime," Kelly said.

Ohlen was eventually taken into the hospital and treated.

He was released after several hours.

However, he started to feel knots and pain in his leg the next day.

It was determined the poison has now traveled up to his thigh.

As for Brenda, the deputy chose not to arrest her, but she did get a $120 ticket for reckless driving.