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Chase suspect goes down kicking, police say

| Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

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.

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