Police: Woman led officers on car chase

A Duncansville woman faces more than a dozen criminal charges after allegedly leading police on a chase Sunday through parts of Cambria and Blair counties.

Lisa A. Dutil, 53, of 141 Runway Lane, was able to elude police after fleeing an attempted traffic stop, according to a criminal complaint filed by state police.

Officers were called to the intersection of Walnut Circle and Roberts Drive in Sankertown Borough about 6:15 p.m., when it was reported that a “suspicious person” — Dutil — was sitting in a white Jeep outside of a home, police said.

A man who lives in the home told police Dutil visited earlier in the day, banging on the door, according to the complaint.

The man refused to let Dutil inside the home and called police, telling them she remained outside of his home, officers said.

“(The man) continued to relate that she was around his vehicle, but he didn’t go outside to see what she was doing,” officers wrote in the complaint.

At the same time, another neighborhood resident called police to report “a woman in a white Jeep … wandering all around on people’s property and banging on house windows, including hers,” according to the complaint.

When officers arrived, Dutil could be seen sitting inside her vehicle near the intersection, police said.

When an officer shined a light into the vehicle, Dutil fled despite the officer activating his emergency lights, according to the complaint.

As Dutil drove her Jeep forward, the officer activated his siren, following her as she moved, police said.

“I attempted to get beside the Jeep to the left, at which time I again observed the defendant in the operator’s seat, refusing to yield,” an officer wrote.

Dutil allegedly continued to flee, refusing to stop and ignoring traffic signs as she turned onto Admiral Peary Highway.

“The Jeep continued on Admiral Peary Highway through its intersection with Route 53 with ever-increasing speed,” an officer wrote, noting the vehicle was traveling about 78 mph.

According to the complaint, the chase continued across the Blair County line, where Dutil continued to speed on a roadway that was wet and littered with weeds.

“For this reason, I terminated the pursuit by deactivating both my siren and emergency lights while decelerating,” an officer wrote. “The Jeep continued at a high rate of speed, passing other vehicles on a sharp curve.”

After losing sight of the Jeep, police went back to the man’s home, patrolling the surrounding area, according to the complaint.

A warrant for Dutil’s arrest was later issued.

Online court documents show that charges were filed against Dutil on Sunday, though she was not arraigned until Wednesday afternoon.

She faces a felony charge of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, as well as 13 lesser charges, including recklessly endangering another person and loitering and prowling at night.

Dutil is to appear for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge John Prebish Jr.

She is out of prison on $25,000 unsecured bail, online records show.

Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.

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