AVONDALE—A London Grove Township woman is facing a host of criminal charges after she crashed through a police barricade, nearly striking several firefighters and police officers.

Morgan Nicole Thrasher was arrested and charged with recklessly endangering another person, harassment, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, obedience to authorized person directing traffic, driving on roadways laned for traffic, driving or stopping close to fire apparatus, careless driving and reckless driving.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, it all began on Nov. 20 at 4:10 p.m. as state police closed a portion of Baltimore Pike in London Grove Township to rescue people trapped in an overturned motor vehicle on East Baltimore Pike at Lake Road. In addition to state police, Medic 94 and firefighters from several departments were on the scene when the vehicle caught fire.

Avondale's firefighters stabilized the overturned vehicle and had to remove the driver's side door and cut out the seat in order to get the patient out of the vehicle.

Police had two emergency vehicles with emergency lights on blocking traffic traveling westbound on East Baltimore pike. One of the emergency vehicles was equipped with a large arrow board, warning drivers that the road was closed. There were also eight traffic cones and several flares set up across East Baltimore Pike. There were also fire police officers wearing reflective yellow vests, directing traffic and assisting with traffic control.

Police said Thrasher approached the accident scene in her 2001 Ford F-350 pickup truck and stopped to talk with Avondale firefighters. She was told the roadway was closed. She told fire police she lived nearby and wanted to proceed through the roadblock.

An Avondale Fire Department fire police officer then asked Thrasher to move her vehicle to the shoulder of the road. The fire police officer was standing about a foot away from the driver’s side front bumper of the Ford F-350 when Thrasher accelerated at an extremely high rate of speed, according to the affidavit.

Thrasher ran over two traffic cones, dragging one of them under her truck. She traveled westbound in an eastbound lane of traffic on East Baltimore pike, at a high rate of speed.

Two fire police officers needed to dart out of the path of the speeding truck in order to avoid being hit, the affidavit stated.

Troopers quickly caught up to the truck and Thrasher pulled over. One of the safety cones was still attached to the bottom of her truck.

When troopers asked Thrasher why she blasted through a roadblock, she told them she had to use the bathroom.

Thrasher faces a preliminary hearing on the charges later this month.

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