EXCERPTED FROM 12 NEWS: ELOY, Ariz. – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said a naked woman who stole a patrol vehicle is in custody after a high-speed pursuit along Interstate 8.
According to MCSO, a deputy responded to a call of a naked woman at a Shell gas station in Gila Bend.
Once the deputy arrived at the scene, he approached the woman, who told him she was sexually assaulted.
As the deputy attempted to find something for the woman to wear, she jumped in the deputy’s truck and started to drive off, according to MCSO.
“The next thing I know, I hear the sheriff’s truck — he had a pickup truck — squeal out of here,” said a witness at the gas station.
The deputy attempted to stop her by running alongside the vehicle, an MCSO spokesman said. He jumped on the running boards of the truck, but was knocked off. The deputy was later taken to a local hospital.
Radio traffic of the incident captured the deputy, who sounds out of breath, reporting the details to dispatch.
“The subject just took off in my pickup truck and is going westbound in the eastbound lane on (Interstate) 8,” said the deputy.
MCSO said a passerby allowed the deputy to use their vehicle to follow the suspect.
Several law enforcement agencies including the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and Eloy Police Department assisted in the pursuit.
The woman drove east on Interstate 8, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph and attempted to merge onto Interstate 10 toward Tucson. Keep reading