Judge orders competency hearing for NH woman who led police on 3-town chase
LACONIA — A judge has ordered a competency hearing for a woman who ensued a police chase through three towns after allegedly walking out on her tab at the Lakes Region Casino.
Sherry Giddis, 47 of Gilmanton, allegedly lost her temper when her credit card failed on Sept. 18 and fled the casino in a red Ford pickup, the Laconia Daily Sun reported.
Police responded to a report of a theft at the casino around 11 p.m. Responding police saw and clocked a vehicle traveling at 90 mph in a 45 mph zone. Belmont police attempted to stop the car before it entered Laconia.
Laconia police attempted to stop the car on Union Avenue and it continued on into Gilford. The car continued at speeds estimated between 80 mph and 90 mph. Police continued to pursue the car onto Weirs Boulevard but say they discontinued the pursuit due to the high rate of speed the vehicle was traveling.
Police were able to follow the vehicle into a McDonald's parking lot.
Giddis refused to open the car's door, forcing police to break a window to gain entry. Police say that she then fought with police before she was arrested.
After Giddis's arrest police determined that the vehicle had run another car off the road on Weirs Boulevard, causing minor damage.
Belmont police confirmed casino staff saw Giddis leaving the facility in the truck she was apprehended in.
Giddis has been held in the Belknap County House of Corrections in lieu on $10,000 cash only bail. She faces three counts of resisting arrest, one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated, and multiple traffic violations.