A Templeton woman who allegedly fled from Pennsylvania State Police troopers in early-January in the wrong direction along State Route 422 was formally arraigned last week.
Before Armstrong County Senior Judge Joseph Nickleach, Margaretta Askey – 31- was charged with nearly a dozen charges, including felony criminal mischief, felony aggravated assault and felony fleeing police.
Early January 7, State troopers based out of the Kittanning barracks allegedly witnessed Askey traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of State Route 422.
For 12 miles – from Manor Township through Clearfield Township in Butler County -, four troopers in two State units pursued Askey’s vehicle at speeds up to 95 miles per hour until Askey crashed.
During the approximately 10-minute pursuit, no State Police troopers or members of the public were injured – though 18 vehicles were noted as victims in addition to the four pursuing troopers.
At one point in West Franklin Township, investigating officer Trooper Brian Wolfe noted in his information release that Askey intentionally steered her 2006 Ford Freestyle SUV into the side of one of the pursuing State Police units.
Police allege that Askey intentionally caused more than $7,200 in damage to a State-issued 2014 Ford Taurus police cruiser during the January 7 incident.
Askey was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh for injuries she sustained during the vehicle crash.
State Police later said Askey’s drivers license was suspended or revoked and was driving while under the influence of alcohol – a summary offense.
Askey has been incarcerated in the Armstrong County Jail since her arrest on $25,000 bond – which was not reduced after a formal petition was filed last month.
A status conference should be held at the end of April.