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Woman crashes pair of stolen vehicles, police say

Kimberly Landes faces long list of charges.

Woman crashes pair of stolen vehicles, police say

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - What a wild ride it was Wednesday through one part of Northampton County. It all began when police said a woman stole a car and then smashed her way through Bethlehem Township.

It may be two cars that she stole. Investigators said Kimberly Landes, 33, caused at least three separate accidents before she finally came to a stop.

"I just heard screeching and then boom that's it," said neighbor Burt Morales.

That signified the end of the Silver Pontiac G6's very bumpy ride.

Police said it started when Landes drove her boyfriend's work truck over the median of the Route 33 and 22 northbound on-ramp, where she smashed into a Dodge Durango, heading the opposite way.

Police said the truck flipped and a good Samaritan in that G6 stopped to help, but instead, Landes reportedly stole her car, then drove off on 22 East, where she got into a second accident while exiting the on-ramp at Route 191.

"Before the barrier starts and the end ramp, there is a grassy area where someone traveling on the off ramp can go over to the on ramp," said Sgt. Daryl LaPointe, Bethlehem Township Police Department.

Landes wasn't finished. Police said she then smashed into another car and a utility pole at Route 191 and Oakland Road in Bethlehem Township.  Landes was caught after she then allegedly tried to steal a nearby Mercedes Benz.

"Was a loving girl who is totally messed up that she did what she did," said Dorothy Murry, the mother of Landes' boyfriend.

Murry said Landes lived at her home in Williams Township, where she said the woman took the family's work truck without asking.

She said everything seemed fine just Tuesday.

"She told me how much she loved me," Murry said.

Police said Landes was under the influence of drugs and was driving on a suspended license.

"We're lucky. Society, as a whole, is lucky that no one was injured severely," LaPointe said.

Landes was taken to the hospital. Police said she was combative with paramedics.

She faces a long list of charges, including theft by unlawful taking, driving with a suspended license, and reckless driving.

She was arraigned from a hospital bed, and is now being held in the Northampton County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.


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