Jesus, gravestones, and a high-speed chase – Martha’s Vineyard Times

A 31-yr-previous New Jersey woman led Edgartpersonal Police on a wild, extreme-velocity chase Thursd…….


A 31-yr-previous New Jersey woman led Edgartpersonal Police on a wild, extreme-velocity chase Thursday destroying cemetery gravestones, almost hitting automobiles Inside the vacationer-crowded village, and questioning a police officer’s “love of Jesus,” Based mostly on a police report.

Andrea Escoto-Rivera pleaded not responsible to a litany of Motorcar costs at her arraignment Friday in Edgartpersonal District Courtroom. She was initially held on $25,000 money bail, however that was lowered to $500 in court. 

Police have been referred to as at 7:23 pm for a report of an erratic operator on Edgartpersonal-Winery Haven Road driving at a extreme price of velocity in an “electrical blue” Jeep Wrangler on the rain-slicked road.

“The car approached my location, and The feminine operator, later recognized as Andrea Escoto-Rivera, ceaseped subsequent to me,” Officer Jake Sylvia wrote. “Escoto-Rivera rolled the passenger window dpersonal and immediately screamed at me, ‘Do You are eager on Jesus Christ?’ I ordered Escoto-Rivera To tug the car to the shoulder of the roadmethod So as that I might converse Collectively with her further.”

In accordance to the report, Escoto-Rivera questioned Sylvia a quantity of occasions on his love of Jesus By way of the cease on Greater Primary Road. “I excited my cruiser and approached Escoto-Rivera’s car,” Sylvia wrote. “I requested Escoto-Rivera for her license and registration, And she or he proceedd to yell at me, ‘Do You are eager on Jesus Christ? You inform me now!’ Escoto-Rivera had a crazed look on her face and, For my half, was clearly experiencing some Sort of manic episode.”

Sylvia referred to as for againup and EMS, Based mostly on the report. “Escoto-Rivera’s demeanor then quickly escalated And she or he screamed at me, ‘You Do not love Jesus, you (expletive),” Sylvia wrote.

In accordance to the report, Escoto-Rivera drove on the shoulder and narrowly missed placing two automobiles. The officer estimated her velocity at 20 mph over the posted 25 mph velocity restrict for the congested space.

“It was clear to me that if Escoto-Rivera have been to proceed working This method, she would probably set off demise or critical damage and Desired to be ceaseped immediately,” Sylvia wrote.

Escoto-Rivera made an abrupt flip onto Cooke Road and Proper into a drivemethod at 87 Cooke St. wright here she was allegedly “working her car in round patterns on the entrance backyard of the residence wright hereas spinning her tires, creating deep divots,” Sylvia wrote.

In accordance to the report, Sylvia motioned her to cease and approached the car. “The door was locked And that i might see that Escoto-Rivera had a crazed look on her face as she shouted unininformigibly Contained in the car.”

When a second cruiser arrived, Escoto-Rivera allegedly accelepriced through some bushes and a fence After which Proper into a cemetery with A third cruiser in pursuit.

“Escoto-Rivera adopted the pathmethod straight Inside the cemetery however then made an abrupt right flip Proper into a area of gravestones,” Sylvia wrote. “The car struck a gravestone, dragged it beneath the car For about 50 ft inflicting deep gashes Inside the grass, then hit An monupsychological gravestone, and the car acquired here to a cease. Escoto-Rivera was nonetheless making makes an try to flee The world by revving the engine and making an try to  put the car in reverse, however, the car was hung up on the gravestones and rendered inoperable.”

Escoto-Rivera was taken into custody by Officer Alex Visitor. She was evaluated On the scene by EMS.

“Escoto-Rivera was now calm Presently and officers sat her As a lot as converse Collectively with her,” Sylvia wrote. “Escoto-Rivera said that she was on Island for journey for the week and had rented a room. Escoto-Rivera said she was scared As a Outcome of of one factor that occurred Inside the residence, which set offed her to ‘Want to get amethod’.”

In accordance to the report, Escoto-Rivera apologized a quantity of occasions for her dangerous driving. At Martha’s Winery Hospital, Officer Visitor signed paperwork for an involuntary committal for Escoto-Rivera.

She was charged with failure to cease for a police officer, leaving the scene of property damage, reckless operation of a Motorcar, marked lanes violation, dashing, three counts of vandalizing a gravestone, two counts of defacing property, and Motorcar accident with property damage. 

In court Friday, lawyer Casey Dobel said her shopper objected to the arraignment being held almost, and famous that It is rather important Escoto-Rivera thOn the matter be addressed in particular person.

“She Want to be launched dpersonal right here to have The power To converse with me in particular person, to have The power to be seen by you, your honor in particular person. She objects to this persevering with being held almost,” Dobel said.

Decide Paul Pino overruled the objection.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Preble requested the $500 money bail, however Dobel famous that Escoto-Rivera has no prior felony doc, And tright here is nofactor Inside the police report that signifies her costs Outcomeed from a willful incident.

“This was a psychological well being incident. That might not one factor wright here my shopper had any malicious intent,” Dobel said.

Dobel said Escoto-Rivera is a nanny again in New Jersey wright here she lives, and although she lives out of state, intends to coopeprice with The tactic and work with the court To deal with the matter.

“I Understand she or he Isn’t native and lives out of state, however she is A very spiritual woman, she is A very moral woman. It Is important to her To reflip again right here and have these issues addressed and Dealt with,” Dobel said, including thOn The purpose of bail is To Guarantee somebody’s look in court. 

She requested that Escoto-Rivera be launched on her personal recognizance.

Pino set the bail at $500 money beset off Escoto-Rivera lives in New Jersey.

Dobel said she spoke with Escoto-Rivera And positively one of her siblings, and famous that her shopper has no historic previous of psychological sickness, and the incident might have been a Outcomes of a panic assault.

Based mostly on The information launched, Pino said he Will not order the emergency restraint and hospitalization of Escoto-Rivera, as she Does not pose hazard Of good harm by set off of psychological sickness (Massachusetts Chapter 123, Part 12a).

Dobel relaunched Escoto-Rivera for the arraignment solely, and said she has not but had the dialog with Escoto-Rivera as As to if She Goes to retain her personal lawyer or request a court-appointed lawyer.

A pretrial listening to was scheduled for Sept. 2. One of many bail circumstances was not working a Motorcar By way of the pendency of the case.

Reporter Lucas Thors contrihowevered to this story.