A 19-year-old Camdenton woman who sped off in a van after slamming into a sign at a fast-food restaurant managed to elude authorities -- until she became involved in another accident a few minutes later.
A 19-year-old Camdenton woman who sped off in a van after slamming into a sign at a fast-food restaurant managed to elude authorities -- until she became involved in another accident a few minutes later. The first accident was reported at 6:10 p.m. when the woman hit the sign used to place food orders at McDonald’s, then left, according to the Camdenton Police Department. She was driving a gray mini-van with two children inside. Officers were on their way to the scene of the accident when a vehicle matching the description wrecked in the parking lot of another restaurant down the street. When officers arrived, the woman was outside the vehicle holding her two children. She sustained cuts and bruises to her arms and legs. She refused medical treatment for her and the children. Based upon red marks left from the seatbelts, police believe everyone was restrained, but the factory car seats built into the van broke loose and overturned inside the van. She told authorities that she had taken the vehicle without permission. At McDonald’s, she turned too fast, hit the curb and the electric sign. After fleeing, she took several back roads in an attempt to dodge police, had failed to stop at a stop sign at Ha Ha Tonka Street, crossed over the highway, and went down an embankment into the parking lot at CJ’s Restaurant. With approval from the Division of Family Services, police turned over the 1-year-old and 2-year-old children to a family member. The woman was taken to the Camden County Jail and was later released pending formal charges. She faces a string of charges including two counts of child endangerment, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, property damage and operating without a valid Missouri license. Damage to the landscaping and sign at McDonalds was estimated at $16,000. Lake Sun Leader