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Handcuffed Woman Leads Police on Wild Chase After Stealing Cruiser

Roxanne Rimer, 27, faces several charges after she allegedly stole a police car on Jan. 14 while she was handcuffed, leading to a wild pursuit.

A shoplifting suspect allegedly stole a police cruiser and led officers on a 100 mph car chase through suburban Pittsburgh — all with her hands cuffed behind her back, newly released dash cam video shows. The extraordinary pursuit took place two weeks ago in Beaver County after 27-year-old Roxanne Rimer was detained outside of a Kohl's department store, NBC affiliate WPXI reported. Center Township police put her in the backseat of a police cruiser — but when she was alone, police say, Rimer managed to shimmy through an 11-1/2-wide plexiglass partition into the front seat.

With the car already running, Rimer contorted one of her hands behind her back to work the steering wheel, Center Township Police Chief Barry Kramer told the station. The handcuffs were connected with a chain that provided enough slack for her to move the wheel, investigators said Tuesday. Rimer drove for nearly 10 miles before she ditched the car and was eventually apprehended. "Thank God, no one else was hurt. She put a lot of lives in danger," Kramer said. Rimer has been ordered to stand trial on several charges, including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and fleeing and eluding.


— Erik Ortiz