Woman says she eluded deputies because she was driving topless

Suspect lists occupation as teacher's assistant in Marion County

Published On: Aug 09 2012 02:18:04 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 06 2012 07:46:33 PM EDT
FORT McCOY, Fla. -

A woman who listed her occupation as a teacher's assistant was arrested on allegations of speeding and eluding authorities in Marion County and said she did not pull over because she was driving topless in an apparent effort to impress her boyfriend, according to deputies.

Mandy Ramsey, 35, of Fort McCoy, was arrested Saturday on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude.  On an arrest affidavit, Ramsey's occupation was listed as a teacher assistant in Marion County.

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, a deputy on routine patrol witnessed a pickup driving at least 70 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone on Highway 315 and attempted to catch up to the vehicle.  The pickup, however, ran a stop sign, clipped a tree and turned into a residence, and the deputy lost sight of the vehicle, an arrest report said.

The pickup was located by a sheriff's helicopter, and the owner of the vehicle, James Woodward, told deputies that he had not been driving in the past two hours, according to the report. 

Woodward's girlfriend, identified as Ramsey, told deputies that she was driving the pickup and did not pull over because she was topless, the sheriff's report said.

"She did something stupid trying to impress me," Woodward said.

Ramsey was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail. 

Marion County Schools spokesman Kevin Christian said Ramsey is a new hire and her first day with the district is scheduled to take place later this month.  Her employment status has not yet been determined, Christian said.

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