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Naked woman disrupts traffic, runs into horse stables

By kbender
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 at 3:13 pm in Uncategorized.

Interstate-80 traffic is bad enough without having to dodge a naked woman.

But that’s exactly what drivers did shortly before 6 a.m. today. A nude woman running in and out of traffic lanes on the freeway near Gilman Street on the Berkeley-Albany border caused rubbernecking and probably more than one cup of spilled coffee.

Why she was in her birthday suit remains a mystery. Berkeley Police didn’t know. Berkeley Firefighters didn’t know. Even Deputy Chief Gil Dong, who usually knows everything and answered his cell phone South of the border Wednesday, didn’t know. California Highway Patrol spokesman Sam Morgan said she was transported to Alta Bates, but he didn’t know why the woman was naked. “It’s not the first time,” he said.

Luckily, no traffic accidents were caused and the woman finally ran off the freeway into the stables at Golden Gate Fields. Seemed like as good a place as any, I guess.  

Authorities thought she might need to spend some time in a local hospital so they took her away from the horses and into custody for a medical check. And then the rest of the world went on to work, likely with coffee spots on their shirts.

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