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Trial set in theft of police vehicle



Published: Wed, August 31, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN -- A woman accused of escape and stealing a police car is to face trial late next month.

Kimberly A. Kalasky, 24, of Cherry Hill Avenue, pleaded innocent to six counts Tuesday via video arraignment before Judge Maureen A. Sweeney in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Trial was set for Sept. 28 before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum.

A grand jury indicted her on charges of failure to comply with an order from police, escape, aggravated robbery and three counts of felonious assault.

On July 15, police arrested Kalasky on a charge of obstructing official business when she refused to cooperate in an issue over stolen checks.

While in custody, she slipped out of a handcuff and tried to stab an officer with a small knife, police said.

Stole police car

When the officer got out of the car to avoid injury, Kalasky crawled through a partition and climbed into the driver's seat despite being sprayed with pepper spray. The officer grabbed Kalasky and was dragged as she drove off.

She drove the cruiser onto Interstate 680, to Interstate 80 to I-76 with Austintown police joining the pursuit.

She is accused of ramming Austintown cruisers and trying to run over police. She was apprehended after the cruiser rammed the back of a tractor-trailer helping with a rolling roadblock. Police said she continued to fight and break free.




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