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.
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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.