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Massachusetts woman accused of stealing a truck was arrested while ordering drive-thru from McDonald’s


A Massachusetts woman was arrested at a McDonald’s on Tuesday when she ordered through transit after allegedly leading police in a dangerous car chase that reportedly dragged an officer at least six meters.

Johanna Gardell, 38, is accused of stealing a truck from a construction site and driving it irregularly, running over red lights, driving incorrectly and crashing into a delivery van and a police car, according to MassLive.

According to Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Gardell is said to have turned the truck over and at some point rammed it into a patrol car. Sgt. Donald LaRange was reportedly knocked down and dragged along while attempting to open the passenger door. He was taken to the hospital and released.

She is also accused of crashing into a van while driving in the wrong direction.

Raymond James Restoration owner Raymond James Simoncini told MassLive that the truck was stolen Tuesday morning while at work. He said all of his trucks have GPS trackers so officers could track Gardell without following them.

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“They went back to the truck to get the tools and the whole truck was gone,” Simoncini told WFXT-TV in Boston.

Officials eventually tracked Gardell to a McDonald’s in Worcester, where she apparently ordered Chicken McNuggets.

The police called the restaurant and tried to get the workers to delay the passage so that they could be taken into custody, according to the website.

Gardell allegedly told officials the truck was hers and then rammed another cruiser and a diner’s car that drove on the grass and got stuck, MassLive reported.

“She said, ‘Officer, this is my truck,'” Simoncini told WFXT. “They said, ‘Ma’am, the owner is about to be here, and by the way is Raymond James Restoration!'”

Simoncini said the truck was totaled and tools that were in it were missing.

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Gardell has been arrested and faces numerous charges, including assault and assault with a dangerous weapon, according to the Telegram & Gazette.

She was charged on Wednesday and remains in custody pending a dangerous hearing on Tuesday.

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