A naked woman who said she was the victim of sexual assault stole an Arizona deputy’s police truck and led law enforcement on a high speed chase down the highway, officials said.
Police first went to the gas station at the side of the highway because they had gotten a report of a naked woman causing a disturbance—but then, the naked woman told the deputy she had been sexually assaulted.
“At that point, the incident evolved from a deputy responding to a disturbance call to a deputy compassionately assisting a possible crime victim,” the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The deputy left his car to cover the woman with a blanket. At that point, she entered his pick-up and drove off. The deputy tried to stop her, running alongside the truck, and getting slightly injured in the process.
The naked woman took the deputy’s truck onto the interstate, and a nearby driver invited the deputy to use his own non-police car to chase after her. He did for a little bit and then, seemingly changing his mind, returned to the gas station to tell other law enforcement officials what had happened.
Meanwhile, the naked woman drove down the interstate at 100 miles per hour. Officials tried to stop her by using stop sticks to puncture her front tires, but “the woman continued driving on deflated tires and rims,” police said.
Finally, the woman accidentally bumped into a civilian’s SUV. No one was injured and the car only received minor damage, but the bump made the naked woman steer onto the median, hit brush, and ultimately stop the car.
Police saw the naked woman exited the truck, but didn’t comply with orders. The authorities, worried she was going to try to cross the interstate on foot, shot her non-lethally in the legs in order to capture her and take her into custody.
The woman is being treated for her injuries. Since she claimed to be the victim of a sexual assault, police are treating her as a crime victim. A separate team of detectives is investigating the vehicle theft. Because she may be a victim of sexual assault, her name and mugshot are being withheld.
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