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PA woman leads Port Authority police on chase with dragging bumper

Photo Credit: Courtesy PORT AUTHORITY PD

BEYOND BERGEN: A Pennsylvania woman tried to elude Port Authority police with her car’s bumper dragging on the ground before she got stuck behind a line of tractor-trailers and other trucks in a shipping terminal in Elizabeth, authorities said.

Officers found a large hunting knife in the driver’s door pocket of her 2014 Lexus and a small amount of marijuana in the pocketbook of 49-year-old Deborah E. Rochelle of New Hope, the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo said.

They began chasing Rochelle after she blew a red light on Corbin Street at Lyle King Boulevard, then continued following her into the Maher Terminal, Pentangelo said.

Her eyes were bloodshot and she spoke of an accident, but “many of her statements seemed confused and incoherent,” he said.

Rochelle was charged with DWI, eluding, trespassing and drug and weapons possession. Her car was impounded.


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