The following information has been provided by the Newtown Township Police Department. Any arrests or charges mentioned do not indicate guilt or conviction.
NEWTOWN SQUARE–On Jan. 4 at approximately 6:15 p.m., Newtown police received information from the Delaware County Emergency Communication Center about a woman who had just left Casey’s Public House on West Chester Pike in Newtown Square without paying for her meal.
The dispatcher had informed police the woman had just left the restaurant and was last seen driving westbound on West Chester Pike/Route 3 in a Mercedes Benz.
As police approached the intersection of West Chester Pike and Saint Albans Avenue, police observed the described vehicle in the westbound left-turn lane. According to the report, police got behind the vehicle as it made a U-turn and proceeded eastbound on West Chester Pike.
According to the report, police then turned on their emergency lights in an attempt to have the driver pull over and stop, but the woman had failed to stop. Police then turned on their siren as the vehicle continued to drive eastbound on West Chester Pike.
At the intersection of Springfield Road, the driver of the Benz turned right and proceeded southbound on Springfield Road, according to the report. A Marple police car with its emergency lights on was ahead of Newtown police and slowed down alongside another southbound car which forced the Benz to stop behind the other car, according to the report.
Marple police then approached the driver of the Benz but the driver found enough room between her and the other car to squeeze by and resumed proceeding southbound on Springfield Road, according to the report.
Police were able to eventually stop the vehicle on Candlewood Road near Rose Tree Drive. The driver of the vehicle refused to exit the car when ordered by police, according to the report. The woman was forcibly removed from the vehicle, handcuffed, and placed in the rear seat of the police vehicle.
The driver was identified as a 63-year-old woman from Wynnewood. While speaking to the woman, police detected a moderate odor of alcohol coming from the woman.
Police spoke with the owner of Casey’s who informed police the woman left the restaurant without paying for her meal and beverage that cost $37.06. The woman was charged with Theft of Services-Acquisition of Service, DUI, and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer.
Bail was set for $10,000 with a 10 percent cash option by Magisterial District Judge Leon Hunter. The woman was unable to post bail and remains in Delaware County Prison. A preliminary hearing has been continued to Feb. 28.