Felony evasion case moves toward trial for Boalsburg woman


A Boalsburg woman waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday after facing felony evasion and misdemeanor child endangerment charges.

According to the criminal complaint filed by state police at Rockview, on Monday, a trooper observed a car pass a second vehicle going over a hill near the intersection of U.S. Route 322 and Nittany Meadow Farm Lane. The trooper turned his patrol car around and pursued the vehicle, but it sped away along 322.

The car was allegedly observed passing another vehicle along a curve and two tractor-trailers using the left-turn only lane, police said, before merging right and taking the Boalsburg exit. At this point, the car was reportedly traveling about 80 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Once off the exit, the car reportedly passed another vehicle, causing a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction to pull off to the right for safety, police said. The vehicle turned right onto the Boalsburg Pike and allegedly passed another vehicle hauling a trailer.

The driver then pulled over to the right side of the road and backed into the driveway of a residence on Boalsburg Pike, police said.

The driver, Lorna Shay, 58, was taken into custody, police said. In the back seat, troopers found a 1-year-old child buckled into a car seat that was not fastened to the rear seat.

Shay was arraigned Monday before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker, according to court documents, and charged with one felony count of attempting to elude police, one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of children and numerous summary counts, including failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, disregarding traffic lanes and exceeding the speed limit.

Shay waived her right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Allen Sinclair on Wednesday at the Centre County Courthouse. The case now moves toward trial.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews