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Naked Woman Steals Car, Gives Utah Cops the "Slip," Gets Tasered, Say Cops

unidentified woman who stole two cars, one a police cruiser - naked.
Wat Valley City Police
Unidentified Suspect (West Valley City Police)

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (CBS/AP) Cops say a Utah woman stole a car, led the owner on a high speed chase - he stole her car to pursue her - wrecked the car, stole the police car that responded to the accident, and totaled said cruiser before finally being tasered.

All while stark naked.

West Valley City Police Capt. Tom McLachlan said the chase started in West Jordan, Utah, a suburb of Salt lake City, when the already unclothed woman left her car, climbed into another car that was running and drove away.

The car's owner called 911, then hopped behind the wheel of the woman's abandoned car and gave chase.

He said she then wrecked his car, and ran off - still naked, remember - into some sagebrush. A police officer spotted her and called for backup. West Valley police scoured the rugged sagebrush and grasslands for their suspect, described as 5-foot-5, 120 to 130 pounds, thin and with reddish-brown hair.

"Of course, there was no clothing description available," McLachlan said.

You don't say?

Police say that when another officer arrived, the woman charged them both and slipped through their grasp.

Slipped? Please explain.

"She did have blood on her body from the initial crash. She was hot and sweaty, dirty, and very slippery. She managed to escape the grasp of the two officers," McLachlan said.

Thank you, Captain!

She then took off in one of their cruisers, ramming it through a large gate, McLachlan said. That ride ended in nearby West Valley City when the woman failed to make a sharp left turn and the purloined cruiser ramped off a berm and traveled about 50 feet before crashing to the ground hard enough to bend the vehicle's frame, McLachlan said.

That's when the chasing officers finally tasered her, according to McLachlan.

"That car that she took is a total loss," he said. "I think there's a hubcap that's still usable."

McLachlan said doctors do not believe drugs or alcohol led to the woman's erratic behavior. "It appears there may be mental issues involved," McLachlan said.