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Hope Mills woman escapes arrest in Georgia, steals patrol car

Posted December 22, 2009

— Georgia authorities say a North Carolina woman wriggled out of her handcuffs and led police on a four-mile car chase after fleeing arrest in one of their patrol cars.

Multiple media outlets reported Ronda Renee Matthews of Hope Mills, N.C., surrendered to deputies after crashing and damaging the patrol car. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says the 37-year-old woman was being arrested on a robbery charge when she broke out of her handcuffs, climbed into the front seat of the patrol car and drove away.

Officials have charged Matthews with armed robbery, stealing a motor vehicle, fleeing arrest and reckless driving, among other things. It was not clear if she had an attorney.

Matthews has a criminal record in North Carolina that dates to 1989, including several drug and traffic offenses, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • Vietnam Vet Dec 22, 2009

    "Hope Mills woman escapes arrest in Georgia, steals patrol car"

    Interesting wording here. Doesn't look to me like she escaped anything and only made it worse for herself. Gotta love the media...

  • Vietnam Vet Dec 22, 2009

    Oh now THAT was smart!

  • Hatchcover Dec 22, 2009

    Type of girl you would bring home to mama?

  • annemarek Dec 22, 2009

    There is no way she should have escaped. The police were not on watching. They probably thought that she was just a weak little female. The police under estimated. Shame on them.

  • tarheelgirl36 Dec 22, 2009

    Glad no got hurt and hopes she gets plenty of jail time. Alos, should be made to replace patrol car.

  • WHEEL Dec 22, 2009

    Here's a hint Ga and NC too. Take the keys out of the patrol car!

  • concerncitizen Dec 22, 2009

    itsnews2me, that's how she was allowed to have the cuffs so lose on her......:):):) I bet that part never makes the news!

  • Kelondris Dec 22, 2009

    LOL! I agree with the duct tape comment treet07! Duct tape holds everything, including criminals who escape from handcuffs. :-)

  • wildcat Dec 22, 2009

    A very slick woman. They had better keep their eyes on her. She will do it again when she get that chance. Officers be more alert.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Dec 22, 2009

    Next time, use duct tape instead of handcuffs on this gal...