WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Worcester woman was arrested at a McDonalds drive through Tuesday after Police said she stole a truck and led them on a wild chase throughout the city.
Police said they first got the call on Tuesday morning at 8:45 AM, when a man reported that a female stranger, identified as Johanna Gardell of Worcester, had clambered into his company pick-up truck and driven away.
Police later tracked Gardell to Charlton Street, where they said she sped away through red lights when they began to chase her. They said Gardell began to drive against traffic in her effort to get away from the police, smashing into a van, then backing up and hitting an officer at "a high rate of speed."
The chase didn't end there. Gardell allegedly drove the truck to a McDonald's drive-through, where she tried to place an order before police caught up to her. Police said Gardell then threw it in reverse, and tried to hit parked police cruisers, but ended up getting stuck in the mulch before they dragged her out of the cab and put her in handcuffs.
The woman was hit with numerous charges, including Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon and Disorderly Conduct.
The officer that Gardell allegedly ran into was hospitalized but his injuries aren't life threatening.
Written by Chaiel Schaffel