Police: Woman in car-theft case fled stop, nearly struck Sugar Notch officer

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

SUGAR NOTCH — A woman charged Wednesday with stealing a vehicle also allegedly tried to strike a borough police officer while fleeing a traffic stop.

Police said they stopped Chris Ann Krepps, 53, of Riley Street, Sugar Notch, when she failed to obey a stop sign at Riley and Oak streets at about 9:12 p.m. Sunday. The 2001 Buick that Krepps was driving also had an inoperable brake light, officers report.

Krepps slowed on Main Street near Chestnut Street, Warrior Run, where the vehicle bounced off the curb several times before she finally stopped, according to a criminal complaint.

Police allege Krepps identified herself as “Amanda Sonnak” and provided a false date of birth.

When an officer processed the name and date of birth, the officer was unable to find any record.

Krepps became irate and aggressive with the officer and attempted to exit the Buick.

Krepps told the officer, “(Expletive) this, I’m leaving,” and got back into the Buick, reversing the vehicle and nearly striking the officer who had to jump out of the way, the complaint says.

Police said the Buick struck the cruiser as Krepps fled the scene.

Police later went to Krepps’ residence, allegedly finding a small amount of marijuana, pipes with marijuana residue and paraphernalia.

Sonnak reported to police Krepps took her vehicle without permission and failed to respond to multiple calls and messages to return the vehicle.

Krepps was arraigned by District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke on four counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of simple assault, reckless endangerment, false identification to law enforcement, escape, flight to avoid apprehension, fleeing or attempting to elude police, disorderly conduct, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and several traffic citations. She was jailed for lack of $100,000 bail.

For allegedly stealing Sonnak’s vehicle, Krepps was charged with theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle and receiving stolen property.


By Ed Lewis

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