Wanted Woman Arrested in Orange after Police Chase
Orange County Sheriff's Office MEDIA RELEASE
On March 14, 2013 at approximately 08:54 hours, a deputy of the Orange County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a grey four door Pontiac car on Constitution Highway near Zachary Taylor Highway for a reckless driving violation. The vehicle initially slowed as if to stop then took off in an attempt to elude the deputy.
The deputy, along with additional members of the Sheriff's Office, officers from the Virginia State Police and officers from the Orange Town Police pursued the driver down Constitution Highway, through the Town of Orange, onto Route 15. The driver fled South on Route 15 after her front tires were spiked.
The pursuit continued on Route 15 until the driver pulled into the median to avoid a moving roadblock and she popped out onto Route 15 going South in the North bound lane when her vehicle struck a 2002 Honda Accord.
The driver then fled on foot into a neighboring yard where she was apprehended by law enforcement. Further investigation revealed that the driver was Karen E. Baumann, aka: Karen Rader, age 49 of Stafford, Virginia.
Karen Baumann, at the time of the pursuit was wanted by King George County for a felony probation violation and by Stafford County for a felony probation violation. Investigation also revealed that Karen Baumann was driving under the influence of illegal narcotics, that she was using cocaine during the pursuit and was in possession of suspected cocaine at the time of her arrest.
She was charged with Reckless Driving – speeding 85 in a 55, Driving under the influence of drugs, refuse to provide a blood sample, felonious eluding a police officer, possession of cocaine, resisting arrest and for attempted involuntary manslaughter. She is currently incarcerated at CVRJ without a bond. A preliminary hearing has not yet been set for this case.