PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A 25-year-old woman found in her bra and panties after a traffic crash told an officer she stripped off her clothes to try to "conceal her scent" from a police dog.
But Angela C. Ferranti's disrobing plan last week apparently didn't work as Kilo, a police dog, tracked into a wooded area in central Port St. Lucie where she was found, according to a recently released report.
The case began around 10:45 p.m. March 31 as Port St. Lucie police went to a reported crash in the area of the 1500 block of Southeast Airoso Boulevard. A 1997 Buick appeared to have been northbound and crashed into the median before crossing into a southbound lane and stopping.
Investigators were told two people fled from the vehicle, and police saw sandals and a pair of shorts that lead them to the 100 block of Southeast Carter Avenue.
A police dog named Kilo tracked into a wooded area where Ferranti was found in her undies. Ferranti said she stripped out of her clothes "in an attempt to conceal her scent from the K-9."
Ferranti said she'd imbibed four to four and a half beers at Mickey Finns and one and a half "cranberry vodkas."
"She said she was driving northbound ... and her boyfriend, who is on probation, was paranoid that the police were following them and grabbed the steering wheel and she hit the median," an affidavit states.
The passenger was shouting at her that he was going to be locked up for "being out drinking and they had to leave." She took off most of her clothes and started ditching them.
A sergeant asked whether she removed her clothes to confuse the police dog and she said she didn't know why she did it.
Investigators found a pipe with marijuana residue in it in the Buick's center console.
Ferranti, of the 100 block of Northwest Byron Street in Port St. Lucie, performed field sobriety exercises and was arrested on charges including DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and no registration.
The records don't state whether the boyfriend was arrested.
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