Police: Woman leads pursuit throughout Mifflin County

BURNHAM – A woman who led police on a high-speed chase throughout Mifflin County Monday night was apprehended without major injury in Burnham, Mifflin County Regional Police Department reports.

Police said the woman, who is from Homer City, took off after police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on state Route 655 in the Belleville area.

Police did not release the name of the woman.

Police said she then took off toward Reedsville and was driving at speeds of 70 to 80 mph, passing vehicles on the road illegally.

Tire deflation devices were deployed in the area of Super Shoes, but the woman swerved into the opposite lane of travel and into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting the “stop sticks,” police said.

The woman briefly stopped in the entry way to Big Valley Beverage, but as police approached her vehicle to try to apprehend her, she drove away and nearly struck two police officers, police said.

She then continued into Reedsville and began heading toward Yeagertown driving at speeds in excess of 50 mph with police following her, according to the report.

Police said that as the woman entered Yeagertown, a civilian vehicle that was in front of the woman’s vehicle refused to allow her to pass. The woman then pulled to the curb on Main Street in Burnham, police said.

Police said despite stopping, the woman refused to open her vehicle doors or windows, forcing police to break her window to gain entry.

The woman, who suffered only minor cuts, was arrested and transported to the emergency room at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital. Police said she is being evaluated for possible mental health issues.

Law enforcement personnel only suffered minor cuts from the shattered glass and no other property was damaged, police said.

The Pennsylvania State Police, Lewistown Police Department, Granville Township Police Department, Fame EMS and area firefighters assisted at the scene, police said.