A Florida woman set off a high-speed police chase worthy of a Hollywood action movie when she refused to stop after police caught her speeding - because she was topless!

A spokesman for the Marion County sheriff's office in northern Florida said the driver told police “she was topless to surprise her boyfriend.”

According to the police report, Mandy Ramsey of Fort McCoy, Florida, was spotted on Saturday by a patrol car zooming well above the speed limit on Highway 315.

The officer set off behind her, intending to pull her over in a routine traffic stop, which typically includes a ticket and a fine.

But Ramsey, far from stopping, hit the gas.

She than tried to ditch her police tail with several abrupt changes of route - blowing by a stop sign and clipping an oak tree before continuing on.

Several other patrol cars joined the chase and, when the dark-colored pickup truck dipped out of sight, so did a police helicopter.

The helicopter quickly located the truck at a house where Ramsey had finally stopped. Though the vehicle was registered to somebody else - her boyfriend, James Woodard - Ramsey admitted to police she had been driving, saying she hadn't wanted to stop while partially nude.

The 35-year-old was “charged with fleeing and eluding law enforcement,” police said, adding that she spent two nights in jail before being released Monday on $5000 bail. - AFP