NC woman escapes, steals Ga. patrol car


December 22, 2009 7:16:02 AM PST
Georgia authorities say a Hope Mills woman freed herself from handcuffs and led officers on a 4-mile chase in a patrol car.

Ronda Renee Matthews surrendered to deputies after crashing the car.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says the 37-year-old woman was being arrested on a robbery charged when she broke out of her handcuffs, climbed into the front seat of the patrol car and drove away.

Officials charged Matthews with armed robbery, stealing a motor vehicle, fleeing arrest and reckless driving, among other things.

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