Wed August 8, 2012 7:07am
A WOMAN set off a high-speed police chase worthy of a Hollywood action movie when she refused to stop after police caught her speeding because she was topless.
The driver told police "she was topless to surprise her boyfriend", a spokesman for the Marion County sheriff's office, in northern Florida, said.
According to the police report, the incident occurred on Saturday when Mandy Ramsey was spotted by a patrol car zooming well above the speed limit on a county road.
The officer set off behind her, intending to pull her over in a routine traffic stop, which typically includes a ticket and a fine.
But Ms Ramsey, far from stopping, hit the accelerator and tried to ditch her police tail with several abrupt changes of route - blowing by a stop sign and clipping an oak tree before continuing on.
Several other patrol cars joined the chase and, when the dark-coloured pick-up truck dipped out of sight, so did a police helicopter.
The helicopter quickly located the truck at a house where Ms Ramsey had finally stopped. Though the vehicle was registered to someone else - boyfriend, James Woodard - Ms Ramsey admitted to police she had been driving, saying she hadn't wanted to stop while partially nude.
The 35-year-old was "charged with fleeing and eluding law enforcement", police said, adding that she spent two nights in jail before being released Monday on $US5000 ($4730) bond.