Woman who stole diapers take police on wild chase, ends in crash

POSTED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 7:04am

Two women and one man are in custody after they allegedly stole baby diapers and led police on a wild chase in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

It began around after police say two women stole baby diapers and other items from a Rite Aid in Ridley Township. Several police officers pursued the women, who investigators say were driving inside a minivan with a male suspect, through Ridley and Chester. During the chase, investigators say a police vehicle crashed into a parked car in Chester City. Investigators also say the minivan struck several vehicles and that the female suspect who was driving the vehicle tried to run over police officers. 

At one point, police say the woman tried to run over a police officer who was putting out road spikes. The officer jumped over a guard rail and injured his hand. He was taken to the hospital.

After the woman drove North on I-95, police say the pursuit finally ended in Philadelphia's Port Richmond area.

Rachel Lelionis' vehicle was struck during the chase.

"A white van came out of nowhere and just slammed right into me," said Lelionis. "I hit this pole. I put my car in park. It started smoking and I had to shut it off and get out."

The three suspects were taken into police custody.

They were charged with retail theft and aggravated assault.

Investigators also believe the minivan was stolen during a burglary in New Castle County.

Police say the van was loaded with stolen baby goods.

The woman who drove the van was wanted in Delaware and has outstanding warrants.  

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