Woman Attempts To Break Into Mini Mart; Pursuit Into Canada Follows

Valentina Velasquez of Newport City, Vt. faces a slew of charges

Derby VT
Vt. State Police

A woman with a long gun attempted to break into the Derby Corner Mini Mart in Vermont Friday morning.

After authorities received a 911 call, they immediately responded to the area. The woman fled the store in a tan Oldsmobile sedan.

A pursuit was initiated and the subject was followed into Canada. Canadian authorities continued the pursuit while Vermont law enforcement officers ended their pursuit at the border.

During the pursuit, one Canadian police cruiser was rammed. Ultimately, spike strips were deployed and the subject was forced off the road.

Valentina Velasquez, 31, of Newport City, Vermont, was taken into custody in Coaticook.

Officers determined that the suspect's vehicle had been stolen from a residence in Newport City, where Velasquez was staying.

In Vermont, Velasquez will be charged with attempted burglary, driving with license suspended, attempting to elude, careless and negligent operation, and larceny of a motor vehicle.

In Canada, Velasquez will be charged with impaired and dangerous driving, armed assault and flight from a peace officer.

Velasquez is also a suspect in numerous other burglaries.

She will be held in Canada until her Canadian criminal charges are completed, and then will return to Vermont to face Vermont charges.

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