Sylvina Beagley of Kearns, Utah, is behind bars following an unusual multi-car chase which she carried out while being stark naked on June 22, 2010. According to KSL News, after Ms. Beagley pulled over next to a man who had been posting business signs, she quickly hopped into the driver’s seat and proceeded to take possession of his car. Subsequently, the man called 911 and the police eventfully caught up with her, but not until after she crashed the vehicle on ATK property. When the police arrived, they attempted to apprehend her, but she literally gave them “the slip.” A police spokesman stated: “She did have blood on her body from the initial crash. She was hot and sweaty, dirty, and very slippery. She managed to escape the grasp of the two officers,” McLachlan said.
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Following her escape from the police officers, she succeeded in getting into and driving off in one of the officer’s squad cars. She didn’t get very far, however, and lost control of the car after she hit a bump and clearing 50 feet of air. After this second crash, she jumped out of the vehicle and tried to climb a barbed wire fence. The police, who had caught up to her at that point, finally subdued her by using a Taser on her. Sylvina Beagley is now in police custody and is set to receive a mental health evaluation.
Luckily, in all of this, no other person besides Ms. Beagley was hurt. Her situation, however, sounds oddly reminiscent of that of Brian Cardall, who also was naked and was also tased by police last June 9, 2009. Cardall was suspected to have not taken his medication for his bipolar disorder and was confrontational with the police, who tased him twice, causing his death. In this case, Ms. Beagley’s Facebook page (which has since been taken down) showed that she suffered the same mental illness and that she was bipolar.
I usually don’t help justify lawless activity by those who cause motor vehicle accidents of the type caused by Ms. Beagley. (I usually bring legal claims against those that do.) However, in this case, I suspect that Ms. Beagley was not in the right frame of mind when all of these events went down. Maybe she was off her medications at the time. Maybe her doctor had recently changed them on her and and she was on a trial for different meds. Maybe she was experiencing a nasty side-effect of one of the medications she was taking. In short, I suspect that the answer to why she behaved the way she did is more related to pharmaceuticals than an intention to cause mayhem, commit criminal acts, or shock the public by running around naked.
I wish her family the best as they help her through this embarrassing and concerning chapter in her life. I hope she gets all the help she needs.
Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.