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Woman arrested after carjacking, chase along Route 128 ends in crash
By Boston.com Staff and Associated Press, 7/16/2003
PEABODY, Mass. -- A woman faces attempted murder charges after she allegedly led police on a high-speed chase along Route 128 on Wednesday.
Wellesley police say the incident began with an argument between 43-year-old Sheryl Sidman and her husband. She then flagged down a motorist on Route 9 and carjacked the vehicle, police said. Police said she drove off in the man's blue Audi sedan after telling him she had a gun.
That set off a chase that ended more than 30 miles away, on Lowell Street in Peabody, when Sidman crashed into a guardrail after she allegedly hit three state police cruisers.
WBZ Radio reported that Sidman had called police on her cellphone while in the car with her husband, and that the cellphone remained on during the chase. A Wellesley deputy police chief told WBZ Radio that police dispatchers were able to listen to the conversation inside the car, and that Sidman mentioned having a handgun.
One trooper who tried to stop her in Burlington was struck in the legs and thrown onto the hood of the car, state police said. That trooper fired a shot at Sidman, but didn't hit her. He was taken to the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.
Sidman is charged with attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, operating to endanger, leaving the scene of an accident and other charges.
Wellesley police also charged her with armed carjacking because she told the driver she had a gun, although no weapon was recovered.
Sidman was listed in good condition at the Lahey Clinic late Wednesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said. She was schedule to be arraigned on Thursday.
Material from the Associated Press and other local media outlets was used in this report.