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Police make soggy arrest in Qld river

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 Tracey Ferrier

A bedraggled woman has been arrested in her undies after ramming a police car and driving her ute into a Gold Coast river.

Officers spotted her driving erratically at Jacobs Well on Thursday night, and they tried to pull her over but she had other ideas.

It's alleged she reversed into a patrol car, did several laps of a boat ramp car park where police had cornered her, and then drove over road spikes laid to stop her.

She then sped off down the boat ramp, leaving her ute bobbing in the Pimpama River and a none-too-happy dog in the tray of the vehicle, police say.

Officers had to strip off and enter the water in pursuit of the woman, who tried to swim away into deeper water.

They finally got her back to shore with the help of a local boatie.

The woman was wearing only her bra and undies when marched in handcuffs to a waiting paddy wagon.

Police also had to rescue her dog, which wasn't hurt.

"Three or four police officers swam out in the river," Senior Sergeant Greg Brake told the Seven Network.

"We attempted to commandeer several boats. One local resident was able to assist us with a boat and we were eventually able to recover the woman from the water."

The 44-year-old has been charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop, obstructing police and wilful damage of police property.

She'll face the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on December 1.

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