I live in Southern California, land of the car-chase, and I can tell you that it’s pretty unusual to end the whole thing in a fast-food drive-thru but that’s exactly what happened in Worcester, Massachusetts on Tuesday morning.
A woman allegedly stole a pickup truck and managed to hit a police officer while in it; she was arrested after a prolonged chase.
A little bit before 9 in the morning, officers were given the alert about a restoration company’s stolen vehicle. The owner of the truck said he witnessed the theft.
The truck was equipped with GPS and officers were able to locate it quickly. 38-year-old Johanna Gardell was pulled over by a member of the police force but she didn’t stick around and that’s when the chase began.
“The officer activated his blue lights, got out of his cruiser, and approached the stolen vehicle,” Worcester Police reported in a statement. “The operator … drove away as the officer walked toward her. The officer got back into his cruiser and followed her at a low rate of speed, but she did not stop. Ms. Gardell began to increase her speed on Main St. and drove through red lights. The officer deactivated his lights and sirens and stopped following her for safety reasons.”
Gardell then drove into oncoming traffic and hit a van. Two officers closed in on her but she backed up and hit the cop car that had stopped behind her. She also struck an officer and was dragged; that officer is reported to be alright.
The entire thing came to an end when Gardell decided she was hungry and swung into a McDonald’s drive-thru for some food. Police report that she intentionally hit one of the cruisers while trying to evade them in the drive-thru. That hit sent her off the road and the pick-up became stuck in mulch on the restaurant’s property.
She has several charges against her: failure to stop for police, operating to endanger, leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury, two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and use of motor vehicle without authority.