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Robbery suspect flees police in stolen patrol vehicle

October 18, 2018 GMT


A robbery suspect in a stolen police vehicle led troopers on a high-speed chase on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Wednesday afternoon that ended abruptly in Somerset County.

Sarah Leann Miller, 36, of La Porte, Indiana, was awaiting arraignment Wednesday night on robbery, motor vehicle theft, escape and related charges.

Earlier in the day, state police in Bedford were investigating a robbery near the Sheetz in Breezewood, Bedford County.

Police said Miller stole a cellphone and ran to Route 30, where she jumped into an occupied tractor-trailer.

Miller attacked the driver after refusing to leave, police said.

She eventually left the truck, however, and was taken into custody by troopers.

Police handcuffed Miller and placed her in a patrol car, but Miller was able to slip one hand out of the cuffs and take control of the patrol vehicle, police wrote in a public information release report.

Police said she fled west on the turnpike, weaving in and out of traffic and passing through the backlog from a motor vehicle crash at more than 100 mph.

Police “pitted” her vehicle near mile marker 119 in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County.

Pitting is an immobilization technique in which a pursuing car forces a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways by tapping the rear of the vehicle.

“During the course of the pursuit the accused struck 3 vehicles and attempted to hit 2 troopers (who) were outside their vehicles and attempted to ram another PSP vehicle,” police wrote.

Police did not report any injuries. The investigating officer said he did not have time to talk Wednesday evening.