Reckless Driver Arrested in Birthday Suit

Written by Estero Bay News

April 19, 2024

Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Arroyo Grande woman after she reportedly led them on two high-speed chases that covered nearly half the county and ended outside Morro Bay where she was arrested in her birthday suit.

According to Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla, on Thursday, March 28 they were advised to be on the lookout for a stolen Chevy Equinox SUV that was taken from a home off Lopez Drive in rural A.G.

“One of our units spotted the vehicle,” Cipolla said. “We pursued the vehicle at speeds of approximately 50-60 miles an hour.”

The suspect fled deputies on Hwy 227 to Corbett Canyon Road, then through Edna Valley towards San Luis Obispo, where public safety became threatened.

“When the vehicle reached the outskirts of San Luis Obispo,” Cipolla explained, “the pursuit was discontinued for public safety reasons.”

According to a news report, sometime later at about 8:50 p.m. dispatch got a report of a woman creating a disturbance at a home in Templeton. One of the responding deputies came across the stolen Equinox going west on Hwy 46. The deputy turned around and another chase ensued. The stolen vehicle was pursued Hwy 1, then south to Morro Bay, and then fled east.

“The vehicle,” Cipolla said, “exited onto Highway 41 and was driving erratically at speeds up to 85 mph and crossing over the median into oncoming traffic with its headlights turned off at times.”

A spike strip was deployed across the roadway in the 1000 block of Atascadero Rd. (Hwy 41), which blew out the tires and ended the dangerous incident. The driver was apparently not happy, or clothed.

“The driver exited the vehicle,” Cipolla said. “She was not wearing clothes and was yelling at the deputies.” 

Deputies arrested Jasmine Denae Lorona, 31 of Arroyo Grande, Cipolla said, on suspicion of evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety and possession of a controlled substance, and the stolen vehicle was recovered.

Asked why she was naked and if deputies found her clothes, Cipolla said that information was not in the report. 

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