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Driver charged with aggravated assault

Cruisers rammed, state trooper injured in chase

MILL HALL – A Maryland driver has been charged with felony aggravated assault after she intentionally rammed into two state police cruisers causing bodily injury to one of the troopers inside, according to state police at Lamar.

The incident occurred on Monday afternoon on Interstate 80 westbound, beginning at milemarker 182 in Lamar Township, Clinton County, and ending at milemarker 166 in Marion Township, Centre County, after Helina Abebe, 23, of Bel Air, Md., refused to stop for a traffic stop and took police on a wild chase.

“Abebe had no concern for the other motorists on the roadway, to included marked and unmarked police vehicles. Her driving was erratic, her speed went up and down, she traveled back and forth in her lane and out of her lane of travel and she consistently drove too close to other vehicles,” Cpl. Tyler Morse of Montoursville barracks, wrote in explaining the incident.

Abebe, who is also charged with fleeing and eluding police, was transported to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, via Lifeflight for a major laceration to her ankle suffered when her vehicle went out of control and a guide rail penetrated her leg, police said. She was reported in critical condition Tuesday afternoon. Medical blood was drawn at Geisinger, police added.

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