NJ woman steals oil tanker, leads police on 80-mile chase
WILDWOOD, N.J. — A New Jersey woman is accused of stealing an oil tanker last weekend and eluding authorities for eight hours and 80 miles before authorities apprehended her at a Wawa.
Camille Wescott, 44, of Lawnside, was arrested Saturday and charged with receiving stolen property, obstruction and resisting arrest, NJ.com reported.
According to the Wildwood Police Department, the truck was stolen around 12:30 p.m. EDT Saturday from Taylor Oil Co., a fuel supplier in Bellmawr, according to the Cherry Hill Courier-Post.
Over the next eight hours, Wescott led police in various jurisdictions on pursuits and was involved in several crashes, NJ.com reported.
A spokesperson for Taylor Oil Co. could not be reached for comment, the Courier-Post reported.
Police took Wescott into custody in the parking lot of a Wawa in Wildwood at about 8:30 p.m. EDT, NJ.com reported. Police forced their way into the cab over concerns that Wescott might flee into the town, which was congested with summer visitors, the website reported.
Wescott refused to cooperate with police at the Wawa, according to the Courier-Post. According to a statement from Wildwood police, Wescott initially pressed on the truck’s brake pedal and checked its mirrors “as if she was attempting to pull the vehicle out, but she was unable to get the tanker truck restarted.”
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