Chase suspect goes down kicking, police say
State police say an Avonmore woman led state police on a high speed chase through Manor and Plumcreek townships on Tuesday night before kicking three troopers after she was finally stopped just after 9 p.m.
The woman, Brenda Jean Mcafoose, 36, of the 100 block of Bluebird Lane, faces more than a dozen charges.
Ford City District Judge J. Gary DeComo arraigned Mcafoose early Wednesday and ordered her held in the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing next week.
Troopers got a call regarding a woman who apparently was drunk while driving a black Dodge Ram pickup in the Kittanning area.
Police soon spotted the truck about 8:45 p.m. entering Manor Township on Route 422 near Ping Wing Hollow Road. A trooper tried to pull her over, but police say Mcafoose sped away on east Route 422. Police said chase speeds ranged between 40 to 90 mph.
At one point, police say, Mcafoose drove into the wrong lane of traffic and pushed other drivers off the road.
According to arrest papers, other troopers tried to pull her over by pulling next to her, but Mcafoose refused.
When her truck hit the side of a trooper's car, the truck flew off the roadway and went down a small hill near Cherry Run Road in Plumcreek.
Police said when she refused to get out of the truck, they smashed the passenger's side window to reach inside and unlock the door.
When she was in handcuffs, Mcafoose kicked the three troopers who chased her and continued to kick at them while she was put into the back of a police car, police said.
According to police, she was taken to ACMH Hospital in East Franklin and treated for seizures police believe were associated with consuming a large amount of alcohol and medication.
Mcafoose was arraigned by DeComo on Wednesday morning.
She is charged with four counts of aggravated assault, drunken driving, reckless endangerment, fleeing and attempting to elude police, reckless and careless driving, resisting arrest and related charges.
Her preliminary hearing is scheduled in DeComo's courtroom on Tuesday.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.