Soap-eater rams vehicle at Walter Reed hospital, police say

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Local,Maryland,Crime,Scott McCabe

A Manassas woman who rammed her car into another vehicle while eating a bar of soap was taken into custody after a report of a gunshot at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.

The bizarre series of incidents began about 11:25 a.m. Tuesday when the Virginia State police clocked a black Mitsubishi on Interstate 66 driving 93 mph, and pursued the vehicle until the car crossed into Maryland, said Montgomery County police Capt. Paul Starks.

The vehicle pulled into the entrance of the Walter Reed hospital, then made a U-turn and became stuck in traffic. Military police approached the female driver and observed her biting a bar of soap as she sat behind the wheel.

She then rammed her Mitsubishi into another car and attempted to run over a police officer, prompting medical center police to open fire, Starks said. No one was struck by the gunfire.

The driver backed up, and struck a police cruiser, jumped the curb, and drove across the grass to escape.

Montgomery County police stopped the vehicle on Nebel Street in Rockville and took the driver, 27-year-old Angela Akosua Cobbold, into custody. Starks says she is being treated and charges are pending.

One of the officers was injured, apparently when he used a baton to break the window of the woman's car. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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