Bail Set at $5,000 for Woman Accused of Leaving Child After Car Crash

Tracey Pelletier said she is not the boy's legal mother, but that she has been taking care of the child

A New Hampshire woman accused of leaving a 6-year-old boy at the scene of a crash after a wild police chase was ordered to stay away from the child during a court appearance Wednesday.  

A judge set bail at $5000 for Tracey Pelletier, 32, who allegedly led Nashua police on a chase after an officer attempted to pull her over for using a cell phone while driving.  

Pelletier, of Nashua, was arrested Tuesday following the crash. Surveillance footage shows her fleeing the scene with a good Samaritan chasing after her. The confused child is seen running after Pelletier before a woman steps in to help him.

In court Wednesday, the defendant said she was not the boy's legal mother, but that she had been taking care of him. 

Pelletier allegedly drove through several yards and crashed through a fence before coming to a halt in the area of Amherst and Vernon streets, authorities said.

The child was taken to a nearby hospital after the crash to be treated for minor injuries.

Pelletier faces charges that include disobeying an officer, conduct after an accident, reckless conduct, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting detention, criminal trespass, operating after suspension and use of mobile electronic device while driving. 

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