HERMITAGE – An attempted traffic stop Saturday night turned into what Hermitage police called a low-speed chase, and resulted in the use of a Taser to subdue a suspect.
Margaret K. Kane, 64, of 150 Pulaski Road, Shenango Township, was charged Saturday with aggravated assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, DUI and summary traffic offenses. She was released Monday from Mercer County Jail after posting $10,000 bond.
An attempt Tuesday to contact Kane’s attorney, Max Feldman of Coraopolis, Allegheny County, was unsuccessful.
According to a criminal complaint, a Hermitage police officer saw Kane’s vehicle about 12:30 a.m. traveling north on South Hermitage Road without headlights on and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Instead of complying, Kane continued to travel on the road, at a speed of about 35 mph.
The police officer continued to pursue Kane, with lights and sirens operating, as she turned onto Longview Road. During the pursuit, police said Kane held her cell phone out of her vehicle window and drove erratically. She proceeded onto Farrell Terrace, then Mercer Avenue.
She then turned onto Grandview Drive, a dead-end road, before driving into a yard at 147 Grandview Drive, where her vehicle became stuck in what police called “soft earth,” and caused an estimated $200 in damage to the yard.
Police approached Kane’s vehicle with weapons drawn. According to the criminal complaint, Kane refused to comply with requests to get out of the vehicle and repeatedly swore at the officers.
During a struggle to remove Kane from the vehicle, police said she tried to drive away, even though an officer was in front of the vehicle. She also scratched at an officer’s arms, causing visible abrasions before one of the responding officers used a Taser to subdue her.
Kane was arraigned Saturday before on-duty District Judge Dennis M. Songer. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 3:30 p.m. Monday before District Judge Mary A. Odem.