JEFFERSON — An arrest warrant was issued in Eastern County court Wednesday for a woman accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen truck with a boat trailer in tow.
Rhonda Sabo, 40, of Conneaut, was arrested in May on charges of grand theft auto. She appeared Tuesday in Ashtabula Municipal Court, where that case was bound over to the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas.
However, Sabo also faces a charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer in Eastern County Court, and on Wednesday a warrant was issued for her arrest through that court.
Bystanders reported May 18 just after 11 a.m. seeing a truck driven by Sabo run through a red light at the intersection of routes 20 and 193. An Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office deputy was the first to try to stop Sabo, who continued driving at speeds around 70 miles per hour.
A North Kingsville police officer then tried to throw stop sticks at the truck tires, but Sabo drove around them, according to a police report.
The police officer and deputy then tried positioning their cars in front of and behind the truck and trailer, which the report states was dragging a stop sign behind it. This reportedly kept the chase at speeds of about 40 miles per hour, but any time the deputy tried going under 40 miles per hour Sabo nearly rear-ended the deputy’s car.
While crossing the bridge from North Kingsville to Conneaut, a deputy let Sabo, who was reportedly weaving and swerving, go around him out of a fear that she might hit a bicyclist ahead on the road.
Sabo came to an abrupt stop in front of Amboy Mart in Conneaut and she was ordered out of the truck at gunpoint, the report states. When she didn’t exit, a deputy grabbed her wrist, forced her out and put her on the hood of his car.