- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on a pursuit of a stolen law enforcement vehicle (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

Authorities say a naked woman who claimed she had been sexually assaulted stole a sheriff’s vehicle before being stopped more than 70 miles away in southern Arizona.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say the woman has been taken to hospital Thursday to be checked out and they haven’t interviewed her yet to determine if the sexual assault actually happened.

A deputy stopped to help the disoriented woman at a gas station in Gila Bend and get her some clothes.

He put his vehicle in park with the engine running and says the woman got in and took off.

State troopers laid down spike strips and shredded some of the vehicle’s tires and it was stopped on Interstate 10 in the Eloy area.

The name of the woman hasn’t been released.

10:55 a.m.

Eastbound Interstate 10 has reopened in southern Arizona after being closed because of a chase of a naked woman who stole a sheriff’s vehicle.

Eastbound lanes of the freeway were closed for about an hour Thursday morning near the location where the pursuit ended in the Eloy area.

Authorities say the chase began when the woman overpowered a Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy at a gas station in Gila Bend and stole his truck.

State troopers reportedly laid down spike strips try to stop the truck during the pursuit, and video showed one of the truck’s tires shredded. Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Casey said he didn’t immediately know how the pursuit ended.

10:25 a.m.

Authorities say a naked woman who stole a sheriff’s vehicle is in custody after a 75-mile pursuit on two interstate highways in southern Arizona.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says the pursuit began Thursday morning after the unidentified woman overpowered a deputy and stole his truck at a gas station in Gila Bend along Interstate 8, and the chase ended on Interstate 10 near Eloy.

Office spokesman Mark Casey says the woman apparently was injured but not seriously. News video showed the median crowded with law enforcement vehicles and the woman being placed on a gurney.

State troopers reportedly laid down spike strips try to stop the truck during the pursuit, and video showed one of the truck’s tires shredded. Casey said he didn’t immediately know how the pursuit ended.

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