A woman was finally arrested after she stopped at a McDonald’s drive-thru for chicken nuggets in the middle of a 2-hour police chase, report says

McDonald's on Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA
Johanna Gardell pulled into the McDonald’s drive-thru in Worcester, Massachusetts. Google Maps
  • During a 2-hour police chase, a Massachusetts woman ran red lights and rammed into police cruisers.
  • The chase eventually came to an end when the woman pulled in at a drive-thru to order chicken nuggets, a witness said.
  • She now faces 15 charges, including resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.
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A woman was arrested at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Worcester, Massachusetts after she stopped there for chicken nuggets in the middle of a wild police chase, according to Boston.com.

Johanna Gardel, a 38-year-old from Massachusetts, was being chased by cops following reports of a stolen vehicle, Worcester Police Department said.

The cops chased Gardell, who refused to pull over, for around two hours, Boston.com reported.

During the chase, she ran red lights, drove in the wrong direction, and rammed into several other vehicles, including two police cruisers, the local media outlet said. A police officer was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after she hit and dragged them, the New York Post reported.

Gardell was eventually located at a McDonald’s drive-thru using the stolen truck’s GPS tracking device, according to Boston.com. “She was ordering chicken nuggets and they actually held her up,” said Raymond James Simoncini, the owner of the stolen truck.

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She tried to escape the cops, Simoncini said, but ended up in a flower bed. Gardell hit a cop before being apprehended, the New York Post reported.

The Worcester District Attorney’s Office said Gardell faces 15 charges – including assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, and resisting arrest.

She is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, according to the Telegram and Gazette.

Gardell was previously arrested for dealing MDMA, crack cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl, a July 2020 press release by the Worcester Police Department shows.