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The Today File

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March 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Driver hits cars, strips off clothes and runs

Car accident at corner of Thomas and Westlake, Tuesday morning March 10, 2014.

Police say the driver of this damaged car stripped off her clothes, seen in foreground, and took off running following an accident at Thomas Street and Westlake Avenue. (Photo by Mike Sylvester)

Drivers on Westlake Avenue got an eyeful this morning when a woman struck several vehicles with her car,  jumped out and stripped naked, according to Seattle police.

The incident began shortly before 10 a.m. at the intersection of Westlake Avenue and Thomas Street when the woman, in her 20s, was involved in several minor collisions, police and witnesses said.

Shweta Sinha said  she was stopped at the stoplight on Westlake when the woman rear-ended her car twice. She then looked in the rearview mirror and saw the other driver get out of the car,  take off her clothes and yell, “Take these things off me.”

The naked woman then took off running north, Sinha said.

After the collision, Sinha learned the woman had been in another minor collision just a few seconds earlier when she ran into another car as she was making a left turn onto Westlake from Republican Street.

SPD spokesman Mark Jamieson said the woman also struck the the hoods of several cars as she was running naked down the street. He said the woman was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for evaluation.

Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said the woman was suspected of having mental problems.

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