Pa. woman charged with robbery, fleeing police

July 24, 2012|By DON AINES |

HAGERSTOWN — A Pennsylvania woman was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on allegations that include robbing a woman, stealing a car and leading police on a high-speed chase Monday afternoon, District Court records said.

Misty Dawn Bottenfield, 29, of 2113 Back Run Road, McConnellsburg, Pa., declined a bond review hearing Tuesday before Washington County District Judge Mark D. Thomas. She is being held on $60,000 bond with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 22.

The events began at about 5 p.m. when a Washington County Sheriff’s sergeant spoke with a woman who said she had been robbed at the McDonald’s in Clear Spring, the statement of probable cause said. Jessica Takacs told the officer she was putting her children in her vehicle when a woman “with a haggard appearance” approached her and said, “Give me your money or I’ll shoot you,” the document said.

The woman tried to grab a “Toy Story” bag that contained Takacs’ wallet, but Takacs pulled it away from her, the charging documents said. The woman then fled, the documents said.

The vehicle the woman drove off in was registered to a person in Breezewood, Pa., and was reported stolen to Pennsylvania State Police earlier that afternoon, the charging documents said.

At 5:20 p.m., a Hancock police officer spotted a clerk at the AC&T in an altercation with a woman in a vehicle that matched the description of the one in the incident at McDonald’s, the charging documents said. The clerk hung on to the side of the vehicle briefly as the woman drove off without paying for gas, the documents said.

The officer pursued the vehicle, which was traveling 100 mph on East Main Street and 125 mph once it got onto Interstate 70, the charging documents said. The driver passed vehicles using the left and right shoulders of the eastbound lanes, the charging document said.

A Maryland State Police trooper set up ahead of the pursuit and used stop sticks to deflate the car’s tires, the charging document said. The driver was identified as Bottenfield, and a syringe and spoon with burnt residue were found in her pants pocket, the documents said.

In the car, police found a purse belonging to a woman named Carol Boring, the charging documents said. Police contacted Boring, who told them her purse was stolen while she was using a restroom at the AC&T in Big Pool.

Bottenfield is charged with robbery, theft between $1,000 and $10,000, theft under $1,000, theft under $100, attempted theft under $100, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree assault, according to District Court records. 

Bottenfield also was charged with several traffic violations, including attempting to elude police, speeding, illegal passing and reckless and negligent driving, court records said.

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