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The homeless woman accused of robbing a U.S. Postal Service truck and crashing it into multiple cars in Brooklyn was admitted to a mental health hospital by a judge on Saturday.
Martha Thaxton was indicted in Brooklyn Criminal Court on grand theft, reckless endangerment and burglary charges for taking the truck on a drive through Bedford-Stuyvesant the day before.
Judge Hilary Gingold ordered that Thaxton, 21, be civilly admitted and taken to a hospital for an evaluation.
Thaxton managed to get behind the wheel of the Postal Service truck when the driver exited to deliver a package on Fulton Street and Patchen Avenue around 6 p.m. Friday, said prosecutor George Rossman.
The stunned driver returned just as Thaxton was pulling away from her with her truck, leaving him desperately running after her trying to catch her, authorities said.
When he couldn’t, the driver waved to some nearby police officers, who made him get into his vehicle before chasing after Thaxton, who was sliding the cars sideways and eventually hit another stopped motorist at a red light.
That’s when officers approached Thaxton with guns in her hand and ordered her to get out of the truck, just to watch her take off again, prosecutors said.
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Thaxton was treated at the scene
Officers chased him again before packing the mail truck with their patrol. Eventually, they were forced to break the window of the truck and spray it with pepper spray, Rossman said.
No injuries were reported during what Rossman called Thaxton’s “vehicular chaos.”