Two Friedens residents accused of stealing a vehicle and leading state police on a chase on Somerset Pike in Somerset Township on Friday night were arraigned before on-call District Judge Douglas McCall Bell.
Police said they spotted the vehicle in the area of Route 281 and Lake Road after it was reported stolen. Police attempted to stop the vehicle on Lake Road, but when the emergency light was activated, the vehicle continued westbound on Lake Road and then northbound on Somerset Pike, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
The vehicle veered into oncoming traffic, causing other traffic to leave the road, police said. The vehicle was stopped in the area of Schoolhouse Road, police said.
The driver, Nicole Elaine Gamble, 26, Martin Drive, is charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking and one count each of illegally possessing a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license and fleeing or attempting to elude police, all felonies. She is also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, recklessly endangering another person and unauthorized use of an automobile.
Police said Gamble drove after consuming half a bottle of wine and 10 beers. She smelled of alcohol, police said. She told police she was a felon, convicted of burglary in Ohio.
The passenger, Roger Lee Haney II, 33, Martin Drive, is charged with illegally possessing a firearm, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy and firearms not to be carried without a license, all felonies.
Police said the victim had a pistol in the car. As a convicted felon for robbery in Ohio, Haney is not authorized to possess a firearm, police said.
Bell set Haney's bail at $2,000 and Gamble's bail at $50,000. Both are in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday before District Judge Ken Johnson of Somerset.