Police: Woman ran naked around St. Petersburg park to escape ‘giant spider’

Danielle Teeples, 40, shown during a June 2018 arrest, ran naked through a public park on Aug. 5, 2018, to get away from a giant spider, she told police. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Danielle Teeples, 40, shown during a June 2018 arrest, ran naked through a public park on Aug. 5, 2018, to get away from a giant spider, she told police. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Published August 7 2018
Updated August 7 2018

ST. PETERSBURG A woman ran naked through a public park to get away from a giant spider, she told police.

According to police, 40-year-old Danielle Teeples was completely nude at Bartlett Park, 2000 7th St. S,, on Sunday around 2:15 p.m.

She was "acting erratically" while rubbing her hair and "screaming and running between two trees," according to the arrest report. She told police she believed "a giant spider" was on her, and she took off her clothes to get away from it.

Teeples, who initially refused police orders to get dressed, told police she had used drugs recently, including meth, spice and crack cocaine, according to the arrest report.

She was arrested and remains in custody at the Pinellas County Jail.

Jail records show Teeples has several arrests in Pinellas County on charges including drug possession, prostitution and forgery.

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