By Kelly Bazzle
Wesley Chapel, FL (WFTX ) — Three naked women led police on a 17-mile pursuit through Pasco County, Florida, after explaining that they were “air-drying.”
The incident ended with cops smashing their car windows and tasing the women.
Wednesday’s chase started at an Interstate 75 rest area about 10 miles north of Tampa, where a Florida state trooper had been dispatched on a “suspicious persons” call. When she got there at 11:15 a.m., she saw the persons in question: three women, completely naked. They told her they had just showered and were air-drying.
As the trooper was attempting to gather more information, the three fled to a 2009 Nissan Sentra. They left the rest area driving the wrong way on the freeway exit, then proceeded onto northbound I-75. The trooper initiated a pursuit, but it was canceled due because it did not fit Florida Highway Patrol criteria.
The women continued to attract attention: Another motorist called the highway patrol to report a reckless vehicle and stayed on the phone to provide location updates as they turned off the interstate onto State Road 52.
A trooper caught up to the women and launched a tracking device that attached to their car. That allowed dispatch to monitor its location as the Highway Patrol coordinated its response.
The car was tracked to the parking lot of a convenience store in the community of San Antonio. A trooper attempted to take one women into custody as she left the store but had to abandon that effort when one of the women drove the car at the trooper and another jumped out wielding a metal bat.
Another trooper rammed the women’s car with his patrol vehicle. They all were able to get back in their car and flee.
Stop sticks laid on State Road 52 by Dade City police deflated the right-side tires of the car. A trooper was then authorized to use a “PIT maneuver” — stopping the fleeing car by ramming it — because of the convenience store assault “and the totality of the circumstances.”
Five miles past the convenience store, on the edge of Dade City, the women’s car was stopped by the PIT maneuver. The women refused to get out of the car and locked their arms together.
A trooper broke out the car’s windows, tasered all three and took them into custody. They were taken to the Pasco County Jail.
The driver, Oasis Shakira McLeod, 18, and the two passengers, Jeniyah McLeod, 19, and Cecilia Eunique Young, 19, were charged with fleeing to elude, resisting arrest, aggravated assault and lewd acts.
The Highway Patrol says several of the troopers involved sustained minor injuries during the pursuit.