July 23, 2013

Police audio details wild Saco car chase

A Massachusetts woman is scheduled to make a court appearance Wednesday after allegedly ramming three police cruisers in Saco.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Monique Vallee

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This cruiser is likely a total loss after being rammed.

Courtesy of Saco Police Department

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"She gets Tasered, they can't get her secured in handcuffs, she gets Tasered again," he said.

After she was finally handcuffed, she was taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment and evaluation.

Holland said Vallee was not seriously injured and none of the officers was injured, although there were aches and pains.

"We're very lucky no other citizens were injured by this," he said. "Nobody else was involved in these rammings. We're counting our blessings at this point, for sure."

Holland said one cruiser had $12,000 in damage and was totaled, but another with $5,000 in damage is repairable. It wasn't yet known if the third cruiser, with $7,000 in damage, could be repaired, a decision that will be made by the city's insurance carrier in consultation with the police department.

The department has spare cars, Paul said, and the damage will not have an impact on public safety or the number of officers patrolling the city.

The department recently took delivery of three new cruisers. A Ford Expedition purchased with drug forfeiture money just finished getting its light bars and lettering Monday and was to be pressed into service immediately, said City Manager Richard Michaud.

Two Ford Tauruses should be ready for duty soon, in what Michaud said was fortuitous timing.

Vallee is being held on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in York County Superior Court in Alfred on Sept. 12.

Holland said he does not know whether Vallee was under the influence of any illegal or legal substances. She was not charged with operating under the influence, he said.

A Monique Vallee of the same age and hometown has had driving and drug charges brought against her in her home state of Massachusetts in previous years, according to published reports.

 

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This is one of three cruisers damaged.

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This is the least damaged of the cruisers that were rammed.

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