12 - 24 - 2013 Suspicious woman leads MCRP on high speed chase
Officers from the Mifflin Co. Regional Police were investigating a suspicious person complaint yesterday in Burnham that took officers to Belleville. Officers were able to locate the suspicious person as she was driving around the Belleville area. When officers located a safe location to effect a traffic stop of the subject, the female operator from Homer City, PA took off, initiating a high-speed vehicle pursuit at speeds of 70-80 on Rt. 655 toward Reedsville. The female operator was observed passing other vehicles on the road illegally, and failing to yield to emergency lights and sirens. Officers deployed tire deflation devices in the area of Super Shoes, but the female operator crossed the double yellow lines into oncoming traffic to avoid striking the devices before surrendering by pulling into the entrance way to Big Valley Beverage and stopping. As officers approached the vehicle to apprehend the operator, she again took off, nearly running over two police officers. The female operator continued into Reedsville and began heading toward Yeagertown with police immediately behind her. Multiple other police agencies were responding and attempting to get to a location in front of the pursuit in an additional attempt to deploy tire deflation devices. As the pursuit entered Yeagertown, a civilian vehicle in front of the pursuit refused to allow the vehicle to pass and forced the female operator to pull to the curb in front of California Dreamin' and stop. The female operator refused to open her vehicle doors or windows forcing police to break the glass to gain entry. The female operator was finally taken into custody with only minor cuts from broken glass, but was transported to the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital Emergency Department for evaluation. Officers were ultimately uninjured omit minor lacerations from broken glass and no other vehicles or property were damaged during the pursuit. The MCRPD officers are most grateful for the civilian assistance provided, but caution civilians from becoming involved in police pursuits as these actions are inherently dangerous.