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Woman charged following pursuit with Jackson police

JACKSON – A woman police did not name was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for evaluation following her involvement in an incident in Jackson on the morning of Sept. 23.

Capt. Steven Laskiewicz said that at 10:10 a.m., multiple police officers responded to the Holman School, Manhattan Street, for what was initially reported as an unknown problem.

The officers learned a call had been made by an individual who reported that a 37-year-old female family member, who was described as being irate and having caused damage to the home, was now reportedly en route to the school armed with a knife.

Several officers were posted at the school and students sheltered in place while other officers attempted to locate the woman, according to Laskiewicz.

Phone contact was eventually made with the woman and she agreed to meet officers in the parking lot of a business on South New Prospect Road.

As officers arrived at the South New Prospect Road location, the woman’s vehicle was observed leaving the parking lot. The officers attempted to initiate a motor vehicle stop, but the woman did not stop and continued on South New Prospect Road, Laskiewicz said.

The officers followed the vehicle and activated their patrol units’ emergency lights and sirens, which the woman disregarded.

The woman turned onto Woodlane Road and stopped her vehicle. After the officers stopped, she backed her vehicle into a patrol unit.

Officers then approached the woman’s vehicle and saw she was in possession of a small folding knife which she was using in an attempt to stab herself in the torso. There was a brief struggle during which the woman was disarmed and then taken into custody, according to Laskiewicz.

He said the woman was transported to a hospital for treatment and evaluation. She was subsequently charged with eluding police and multiple other offenses.

Police officers Steve Scaglione, John Pejoski, Mike Grochowski, Derek Gorski and Brian Baranyay, Sgt. Mary Nelson and Lt. John Decker responded to the incident.

In another incident on Sept. 23, police said that at 1:40 p.m., School Resource Officer John Pejoski responded to the Crawford-Rodriguez School, Larsen Road, to follow up on a report of a man who had been observed outside the school with a gun.

Police said it was quickly determined the incident involved a teacher who had recovered an air soft gun which had apparently been discarded and partially buried in a remote area of the school property. The air soft gun was turned over to Pejoski for destruction.

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