CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A Richland County woman was arrested after stealing an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper’s cruiser and leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase.
Troopers and deputies from Morrow County Sheriff’s Office first encountered the woman at the scene of a crash involving a pickup truck that was later determined to be stolen.
The initial incident occurred on County Road 122 southwest of Mansfield on the morning of Jan. 5.
Witnesses told law enforcement that they saw a woman fleeing from the crash on foot.
The 28-year-old woman, who was only wearing a T-shirt and underwear at the time, was eventually found in a nearby field covered with scratches. She was claiming that she was raped and she said she needed to get away.
When a trooper approached her, the woman ran past him and hopped into the Highway Patrol car.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the woman took off in the trooper’s vehicle at a high rate of speed, leading police on a pursuit that lasted nearly 11 minutes before she drove off the side of the road and struck a tree.
The woman then ran from the crashed patrol car on foot, but was quickly apprehended.
Paramedics took the woman to an area hospital for treatment. She was met at the hospital by deputies to continue looking into her claims of being raped.
A deputy was treated for minor cuts to his limbs that were sustained while falling from the vehicle.
The woman has been charged with receiving stolen property, failure to control and obedience to traffic control devices.