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Driver arrested after ramming cars

Just after midnight Saturday, July 26, a deputy with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) observed a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada SUV, driven by Molly Renee Noonan, westbound on Highway 26 in the Helvetia area. The deputy knew Noonan had active felony theft warrants for her arrest and notified other deputies.

A second deputy located the Bravada in North Plains and additional deputies responded when the Bravada abruptly stopped in a driveway. Deputies contacted the driver, identified as Molly Noonan, 46, from Rock Creek in unincorporated Washington County. Noonan had her 15-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son in the vehicle with her. Noonan gave the deputies a false name and identification.

When deputies told Noonan she was under arrest, she allegedly started her vehicle and rapidly accelerated in reverse. She struck a 2007 Acura MDX in the driveway and pushed it backward into a WCSO Chevy Tahoe, causing damage to all three vehicles.

Deputies had to break the driver’s window to open the door and take Noonan into custody.

Noonan was lodged in the Washington County Jail and charged with 26 crimes, including five counts of felony attempted first degree assault, five counts of unlawful use of a weapon (the SUV), escape, resisting arrest, two counts of reckless endangering (her children), identity theft, forgery and giving false information to a police officer. She was held on $415,000 bail.

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