More charges against woman accused of theft, reckless driving
New charges were filed Monday against a woman police accused of stealing a truck, driving it under the influence, and causing a multiple vehicle crash.
Samantha L. Walker, 25, of Butler, was charged by Middlesex Township Police with felony aggravated assault by vehicle, eight misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and nine traffic citations, including driving at unsafe speeds, reckless and careless driving, failure to stop at a red light, and more.
Walker was previously charged by Butler City Police with felony theft, misdemeanors eluding an officer, accidents involving a vehicle and driving under the influence followed an incident Nov. 18.
According to charging documents, a Dodge Ram truck was reported stolen from a residence in Butler City around 11 a.m. that day. Multiple officers spotted the truck on Route 8 traveling south, descending Main Street hill near the GetGo gas station at a high rate of speed.
Penn and Middlesex Township police departments were notified about the stolen truck. According to previous reports, officers reported the vehicle moving at 100 mph and weaving in and out of traffic on Route 8 south.
The investigating officer said in the affidavit he saw the truck speeding on Route 8 in the middle turning lane.
“I was sitting in the turning lane of Pittsburgh Road attempting to turn in to the parking lot of Planet Mart, when I observed the truck approaching me at a high rate of speed in the turning lane also,” the officers said. “I was just able to get out of the turning lane in time so that the stolen truck did not strike me head on.”
The officer was later dispatched to the scene of a vehicle crash at the intersection of Routes 8 and 228, where Walker was found to be the driver of the stolen truck. Police said she showed signs of impairment and was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital.
Surveillance footage showed the stolen truck driving through a red light at a high rate of speed at the intersection of Route 8 and Litman Road and at the intersection of Route 228 West and Route 8 South. She then collided with a silver SUV turning left from Route 228 to Route 8 North, police said.
Upon striking the SUV, the stolen truck hit a black Jeep, which caused Walker to be ejected from the truck, police said.
The driver of the black Jeep was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for a concussion and broken ankle, police said.
After the stolen truck collided with the Jeep, it turned counterclockwise and struck a Peterbilt truck before coming to a stop.
Police said in a chain reaction, the Jeep was pushed to the right into a black Volvo sedan and into a black Dodge Ram truck at the rear. The Volvo sedan was then pushed backwards, striking a tan Buick sedan.
The intersection was closed for about two hours while the damaged vehicles were removed.
According to previous reports, Walker told officers she used heroin prior to driving.
Another report of Walker rear-ending a vehicle during the high-speed chase was received by officers shortly after the multi-vehicle crash.
As of Wednesday, a preliminary hearing for Walker was not scheduled for either case.