Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Police escort for car thief

YORK, Maine — York police might initially have thought they were doing a good deed in helping escort a pregnant woman to the hospital Monday, but that turned out to be far from true.

Officers initially pulled over the car containing the woman on York Street a little after 9 p.m. because of a taillight that was out, but were told by the driver that his wife was in labor. While escorting the car – which also contained three small children, according to Sergeant Brian Curtin – to the hospital, they ran the plates and discovered that the vehicle, a 1996 Volkswagen Jetta, was stolen.

Curtin said officers allowed the driver to get the female occupant to the hospital and checked in, but there discovered the woman wasn’t even pregnant.

Eventually, police charged the driver, Richard N. Saunders, 23, of Winter Street in Somersworth with receiving stolen property.

While still at York Hospital, the not-so pregnant woman asked a woman waiting on her sick husband for a ride to the Irving station in Wells. The second woman agreed, feeling sympathy for a woman she believed to be pregnant, according to Curtin. Her good deed was ultimately punished, though, when she returned to the hospital after dropping the woman off and discovered $160 and a pack of cigarettes had been stolen from her purse. The matter was handled by the Wells police, according to Curtin.

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