DADE CITY — The story starts, as many tend to do in Pasco County, with nudity.
Three naked women were spotted Wednesday afternoon at the northbound Interstate 75 rest stop area in Wesley Chapel, just south of State Road 54.
What unfolded next, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, was not just another bizarre tale of the Sunshine State. The women led troopers on an hour-long chase across east Pasco, drove the wrong way, tried to drive over a trooper and threatened another with a pink and purple metal baseball bat, according to the Highway Patrol.
The incident ended about 21 miles away in Dade City, when troopers said they rammed the vehicle off the road in a school zone, stunned one of the women with a Taser and arrested all three.
The driver was identified as 18-year-old Oasis Shakira McLeod and the passengers as two 19-years-olds, Jeniyah McLeod and Cecilia Eunique Young. All three face charges that include aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, fleeing to elude and indecent exposure.
Their arrest reports detail Wednesday’s events: It started when a rest stop custodian called the Highway Patrol at 9:54 a.m. He said he saw “all three of them, standing in the nude, putting on suntan lotion.”
A trooper arrived at 10:24 a.m. and saw the naked women from the rest stop parking lot. They started dressing when they saw the trooper. “Stay right there,” Jeniyah McLeod told the trooper.
Oasis McLeod told the trooper they were “air drying” after washing up. The trooper saw they had a case of water and a bottle of soap. Oasis McLeod said they had left Cecilia Young’s father’s house in Lutz after an altercation and spent the night in the rest stop because they had no where else to go.
The women gave the trooper their names and dates of birth, but ignored the trooper’s commands to say put.
“We need you to leave,” Jeniyah McLeod said. “We need you to walk away. Leave, leave, leave.”
Then she told the trooper they “were going to walk away.” The trooper told them to stop.
“No we’re not,” one of them said. All three women ran around the trooper, jumped into a white 2009 Nissan Sentra with a New York state license plate. Oasis McLeod was the driver as the car sped off — forcing a pedestrian to jump out of the road as they sped out of the rest stop.
They got on northbound Interstate 75 and headed for State Road 52. The trooper started speeding after them but her superiors called her off because the circumstances did not meet Highway Patrol’s pursuit policy.
A driver on I-75 called 911 and followed the Nissan to S.R. 52, to San Antonio, Fla. Another trooper found the Nissan, reported seeing it drive the wrong way, then head east on S.R. 52.
A trooper managed to fire a GPS tracker onto the fleeing Nissan, which officials said allowed them to back off the pursuit. Highway Patrol dispatchers in Tampa started tracking the car and radioing its position to troopers.
The Nissan pulled up to a gas station at S.R. 52 and Curley Road and one of the women jumped out of the back seat and ran inside. Two troopers jumped out of their cruiser and ordered the Nissan to stop. It drove off. One trooper drove off after it while the other ran after the fleeing woman.
That trooper tussled with the woman — it was Young, the trooper said, who kicked, scratched and hit him — and just as he got her on the ground he said he saw the Nissan driving at him.
He jumped out of the way, then said Jeniyah McLeod got out of the car and threatened him with a metal bat. Seeing one trooper in danger, the other trooper used his cruiser to ram the back of the Nissan.
The women all got in the Nissan and drove off again. It fled east on S.R. 52. but ran over a tire-deflation device place on the road by Dade City police officers, blowing out the right-side tires.
The pursuit finally ended when the Nissan entered an active school zone outside Pasco High School, troopers said, while students were crossing S.R 52. One of the pursuing troopers was authorized to use the “PIT maneuver” — Pursuit Intervention Technique — and used the front end of his cruiser to knock the Nissan off the road at S.R. 52 and Old San Ann Road, just off the Pasco High baseball field.
But the women refused to leave the Nissan and instead locked arms, trooper said. A trooper used a Taser to stun one of them. The driver, Oasis McLeod, then surrendered. The women all invoked their rights not to speak to troopers. Oasis McLeod agreed to perform field sobriety exercises, troopers said, and appeared to be impaired.
Troopers said they discovered marijuana in the car. Jeniyah McLeod said it was hers, according to her arrest report, adding: “I bought it from a white guy named Bubba.” She was sarcastic during her interview, troopers added.
They were arrested at about 11 a.m., taken to AdventHealth Dade City hospital to be checked out, then booked into the Pasco County jail. Some troopers sustained minor injuries, the agency said.
Though Pasco has been dubbed the nudist capital of the world, the arrest reports do not indicate the women are linked to its many nudist or clothing-optional communities. Jail records show they face these charges:
Oasis McLeod, of Kingston, N.Y., faces felony charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated resisting an officer with violence, fleeing and eluding and possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and misdemeanor charges of DUI crash involving property damage, possession of drug paraphernalia, indecent exposure and resisting an officer without violence. She is being held in lieu of $57,000 bail.
Cecilia Young, of Lutz, faces felony charges of aggravated resisting an officer with violence and misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure (two counts), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and resisting an officer without violence. She is being held in lieu of $27,000 bail.
Jeniyah McLeod, of Lutz, faces felony charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and aggravated resisting arrest with violence and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, indecent exposure and resisting an officer without violence. She is being held in lieu of $18,000 bail.