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Woman who led police on chase along Thruway, hit trooper with U-Haul was involved in similar pursuit in 2020

State police say the pursuit that resulted in a trooper being struck by a U-Haul near the Monroe-Ontario county line started in Seneca County after a string of larcenies.

On Friday, April 1 around 8:15 a.m. troopers and deputies from Ontario County initiated a pursuit of a small U-Haul box truck on the Thruway.


The box truck was reported occupied by three people and had been involved in recent larcenies, one of which had just occurred in Seneca County.

The pursuit left the Thruway at exit 45, and continued onto I-490. After entering Monroe County the box truck struck a trooper in a U-turn area, who was outside his vehicle.

After striking the trooper- the box truck continued to flee into Monroe County.

The trooper suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital.


A description of the vehicle was broadcast and the box truck was subsequently located on East Ridge Road by Irondequoit Police.

The driver, identified as 46-year-old Theresa Gillette, of Rochester, was taken into custody a short time later. She was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer. She also received an appearance ticket for the petit larceny out of Seneca County.

In an update late-Friday, New York State Police said the woman who intentionally hit a trooper with a U-Haul truck has been involved in pursuits before. In September 2020, Gillete was arrested in another chase on the New York State Thruway.

Shayla Glenn, 37, of Rochester was charged with grand larceny. She’s being held for arraignment in Seneca County.

Dennis Hightower, 56, of Rochester was also charged with grand larceny, and will be arraigned in Seneca County.

No other information was immediately available about the investigation.


Troopers gathered along I-490 after the incident. Photo credit: News10NBC



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