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High Speed Chase Lands Northeast Woman in Chautauqua County Jail

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A high-speed chase Saturday night lands one Northeast woman in Chautauqua County jail. Christine M. Trump, 42, is charged with DUI by drugs, fleeing and evading, and reckless endangerment in both Pennsylvania and New York. 

Lawrence Park PSP first noticed Trump's car, a 2008 Pontiac Vibe Sedan, sitting idle with the lights off at the Northeast Cemetery along Cemetery Road.

 "There have been  occurrences in cemeteries of vandalism, or the brass marking being stolen from cemeteries. So they simply stopped to investigate," said Lieutenant Kirk Reese of the Pennsylvania State Police.

When PSP troopers attempted to pull Trump over for a traffic violation, she fled police, turning onto Route 5 from Cemetery Road. 

"We attempted to get one of our cars in front of the pursuit when it had just begun, it was traveling at high rates of speed - at one point, 110 miles per hour - we couldn't get in front of it," Reese said.

The chase crossed the state line and the troopers requested for backup from New York State police as well as the Chautauqua County Sheriff's department. 

The Sheriff's deputies finally were able to overtake Trump and lay down spike strips, which deflated one if the tires on her car.

Trump continued to flee, driving on for four miles after the spike strips were used. She finally struck a utility pole In Dunkirk, NY, near Route 5 at Willow Road, splitting the pole in half.

The chase started just past 10pm and ended 30 miles later. Trump sustained minor injuries and was treated at Brooks Hospital before being taken to Chautauqua County Jail. 

"Based on a preliminary examination of the suspect in the ambulance and also by her own admission, there was cocaine use prior to the pursuit beginning," Reese said. "Fleeing and eluding police while DUI and fleeing and eluding police across state lines will both be considered felonies in the state of Pennsylvania."

After Trump deals with her charges in New York, she will be extradited back to Pennsylvania to face charges here. Her bail is set at $2000 cash or $4000 property. 

 

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