A handcuffed woman stole a deputy's patrol vehicle late Monday night in Fountain Hills before a pursuit that ended when she crashed on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.
“Somehow, she was able to get into the driver's seat still handcuffed,” said Maricopa County sheriff's Sgt. Chuck Siemens of the Fountain Hills office. “Other deputies took off after her.”
Aurelia Cecily Enos, 32, was not injured when the 2001 Ford Expedition crashed into a stop sign and some brush, said Lt. J.J. Tuttle. She was booked into Maricopa County's Madison Street Jail in Phoenix on suspicion of theft of a vehicle and DUI, Siemens said.
The deputy, whose name was not available, initially arrested Enos at 11:10 p.m. near Shea and Saguaro boulevards on suspicion of drunken driving, Siemens said. The deputy handcuffed her and placed her in the back seat of his vehicle before finishing his report outside.
The sport utility vehicle was not equipped with a “cage.” Tuttle and Siemens didn't know if Enos had been handcuffed with her hands in front of her or behind her.
At least one of two other deputies assigned to Fountain Hills that night was parked nearby, Siemens said. When Enos drove off, they followed her. Tuttle said the chase was not at a high rate of speed. Enos headed north on Saguaro Boulevard, then east on Grande Boulevard to the reservation, where she lost control and crashed at Mohave Road and Ji-Voo-Dtha Drive. Siemens said he could not recall recent cases in which handcuffed suspects had stolen patrol vehicles.