Warrant issued for Fort Johnson woman accused in purse theft, car chase
SARATOGA SPRINGS An arrest warrant has been issued for a Fort Johnson woman who failed to appear in court after she allegedly stole a purse at the Price Chopper supermarket on Ballston Avenue and almost hit a police officer with her car while trying to escape.
Police said Kathleen Rajter, 60, of Opalka Road was in the Price Chopper shortly after noon Nov. 20 when store security saw her on surveillance video removing a wallet from a purse and notified police. City police Officer David Noeker responded and attempted to apprehend the woman, but she pulled away from him in the parking lot, got into her car and almost hit him.
Authorities said Rajter, who had been charged in earlier purse theft incidents at the market, was pursued through three counties at speeds reaching 75 mph, crashing into a Fulton County sheriff's deputy’s car along the way. The chase ended when a state trooper ran her off the road in the town of Johnstown, police said.
She was arrested and charged with grand larceny because, police said, the wallet contained $400 in cash and credit cards, and felony reckless endangerment, as well as numerous traffic charges, from the chase. She was later released on bail but did not appear in City Court last week as ordered and the warrant for her arrest was issued Tuesday.