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High-speed pursuit in Puyallup ends in arrest of underwear-only clad woman

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 1, 2013 at 11:36 am |
March 1, 2013 11:36 am

From the catch-up file:

Not every police pursuit ends with an underwear-only clad woman standing at the edge of a swamp, but this one did.

It all started Feb. 23 when a 24-year-old woman knocked on her ex-boyfriend’s front door in the 15200 block of 105th Avenue East in Puyallup. He peeked outside then called the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department because he had two no-contact orders barring the woman from coming near him.

The next thing he knew, she was driving off in his new BMW. Apparently she still had the code to open his garage.

As deputies turned onto the ex-boyfriend’s street, they spotted the BMW fly by them so they turned around to follow it. The BMW eventually hit the back of another vehicle and pushed it across the road into a brick sign.

Witnesses said the 5-feet-3, 135-pound woman fled on foot.

As deputies chased her, they noticed articles of clothing being dropped. A K-9 team and helicopter were called in to help with the search.

It ended near a brushy, swampy area, deputies said.

“She was located near the edge of the waterline and wore only her underwear,” according charging papers.

Deputies arrested her and took her to the hospital to be treated for multiple scratches sustained during the pursuit.

She has pleaded not guilty to violation of a court order and attempted eluding. Bail was set at $150,000. The woman has two prior convictions for violating no-contact orders, court records show.

The court issued the ex-boyfriend a new no-contact order against the woman.

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