Jeep towed while woman slept in back

March 16, 2010 at 3:12 PM
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PANAMA CITY, Fla., March 16 (UPI) -- Florida authorities said a woman who fell asleep in the back seat of her vehicle had to use bolt cutters to escape from a tow yard upon waking.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office said the 23-year-old Indianapolis woman was sleeping Saturday night or early Sunday morning in her parked Jeep in front of a Panama City Beach tattoo shop when a truck came along and towed her vehicle to a Discount Towing lot, the Panama City News-Herald reported Tuesday.

"She said she woke up inside the tow yard with nobody around," a deputy wrote in a report of the incident. "She could not call anybody because her cell phone was dead."

The woman said there was no one in any of the buildings at the business and she eventually found a hammer and a pair of bolt cutters to open the gate and drive away between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sunday.

The report said the woman was pulled over while en route back to the tow yard to call police and explain the situation. The deputy wrote the woman "did not appear to be deceptive when explaining her account of the incident."

The tow truck driver admitted to not checking the back seat before transporting the Jeep.

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