Handcuffed Woman Accused of Stealing Police Car, Leading Cops on High-Speed Chase

This still from the police cruiser's dash-cam video shows when the handcuffed woman got out of the car and tried to make a run into a nearby forest. (Photo: Center Township Police)

A dramatic moment was caught on camera when a Pennsylvania woman climbed into the driver’s seat of a police cruiser and sped away — all while wearing handcuffs.

The entire ordeal was caught on dash-camera video released by Center Township Police on Tuesday.

27-year-old Roxanne Rimer was pulled over and arrested on January 14 on suspicious of shoplifting from an area department store. As police approached Rimer’s car to conduct a search, Rimer somehow managed to climb into the front of the cruiser, put the car into gear and ram her own car out of the way before engaging police in a pursuit.

The chase down Route 51 as fast as 100 mph with her hands cuffed behind her back, Center Township Police Chief Barry Kramer told ABC News today.

“She probably was able to reach her cuffed hands to the side of her hip and drive,” Kramer said. “I’m not completely sure though because there was no camera that captured the inside of the car. [Rimer] was very thin, long-armed and lanky, so it’s possible she was flexible enough to reach over the side of her hip and grab the wheel.”

Rimer later stops the patrol car and gets out, police said.

“At this point in the video, you can see the suspect abandon the car, still handcuffed, and run into the woods,” Kramer said. “She went into a nearby home, but they told her to get away. Shortly after, one driver saw her walking in handcuffs. He picked her up and brought her to the station, but she jumped out and fled again. Another driver picked her up, thinking she just needed help, but then told her to get out of the car after they saw the handcuffs.”

Police finally caught her walking on a street in Aliquippa, a town on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, and she was placed in jail, Kramer said.

Rimer is facing multiple charges, including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, fleeing and eluding police and robbery.

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