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A New Jersey woman is accused of fleeing from police and crashing her vehicle in Fairview Township.

State police say Ashley Marie Houghkirk drove more than 100 mph when she fled from a trooper during a traffic stop on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Houghkirk, 25, of West Creek, is charged with three counts of DUI and one count each of recklessly endangering another person and fleeing or attempting to elude officer, and summary traffic violations.

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Speeding: According to police, Houghkirk was seen driving erratically westbound on Interstate 76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, in Lancaster County about noon Saturday.

She was driving about 110 mph and passing vehicles on the shoulder, court documents state.

A state police corporal pulled her over in the area of the Harrisburg east interchange, and police say she was being erratic, extremely paranoid and nervous.

Houghkirk then accused the corporal of being a gang member before fleeing west at 100 mph, charging documents state.

Police say she exited I-76 at the West Shore Interchange and went to the area of Marsh Run Road and Granite Quarry Road in Fairview Township.

She then lost control of her car and crashed into an embankment on a private driveway, according to police.

Following the crash, Houghkirk fled on foot into the woods before police could arrive, documents state.

Multiple police departments searched the area for her but were unable to find her.

Fairview Township Police eventually found her at 3 p.m. and took her to their station.

State police spoke with Houghkirk about 4:45 p.m., and she told police she had taken heroin that day but not after the crash, court documents allege.

Houghkirk told police she is a habitual user, police said.

After she spoke with police, she was taken to Memorial Hospital for a blood draw, according to charging documents.

Houghkirk was arraigned on the charges Sunday, Aug. 27, and remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $2,500 bail.

She posted bail Thursday, Aug. 31, online court records show.

A message left for Houghkirk seeking comment Thursday afternoon was not immediately returned, and it is not clear if she has an attorney.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at District Judge Scott Gross' office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

 

 

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