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After plowing her SUV through the entrance gates of the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum on Route 15 in South Williamsport, Theresa Robinson Salazar, still driving, asked a very shaken museum employee and witness “‘Are you scared? You should be scared. She then pressed the accelerator, revving the engine. borough police alleged in an affidavit.
No one in the museum was injured in the horrific ordeal which occurred around 1 p.m. Sunday and resulted in “extensive damage to two sets of double doors and an interior wall”, said the police.
“She tried to accelerate the vehicle through a wall”, the court document said of Salazar.
At the time, there were four employees in the gift shop, which is at the front of the building, and about 40 visitors in the museum portion of the structure, police said.
Salazar, 56, of 928 W. Fourth St., was arrested without incident. She was handcuffed, placed in the back of a police car and taken to police headquarters, where she was arrested on video for multiple crimes.
“Little League management has informed us that they have a long history with Salazar” and that she encroached on their property, the affidavit states.
Salazar’s family includes George and Bert Bebble, who were two of Little League Baseball’s first three managers in 1939, along with Carl Stotz, according to PennLive. She says her family should also be included as a founder of Little League Baseball, PennLive said.
“She engaged in reckless driving by driving her vehicle (a 2006 Saturn Relay) through two sets of double doors, and this action put approximately 40 people at risk,” said the police.
Salazar was standing in the lobby when police arrived on the scene. “I contacted the woman, she answered me in Spanish”, an officer said in the court document. Unable to speak Spanish, the officer asked him to speak in English, “but she refused. A witness who knows her identified her as Theresa Salazar.
A museum employee, who did not give her name, said she had just finished her shift when “I heard glass shattering. She (the driver) was through the door. She looked very disoriented. She flipped her hair back and looked at us.
Luckily she didn’t hit any of us. said another employee.
“I went to the museum with a colleague and we got everyone out safely,” said the employee.
“If she had advanced a few meters more, she would have hit people”, said another museum employee.
“We are very grateful, very happy, that no one was injured here,” David Houseknecht, a spokesperson for Little League, said at the scene. He estimated the structural damage at over $25,000.
Although there were Little League decals on the SUV, which is owned by Salazar, the driver “is in no way a representative of Little League Baseball”, said Houseknecht.
Shortly after arriving at the police station, Salazar was briefly treated by emergency medical technicians, but then refused further treatment.
She was arraigned before District Judge Denise Dieter on felony charges of terrorist threats, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, causing or risking a catastrophe and four misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.
Salazar refused to answer routine questions from Dieter that are part of the proceedings. The judge ordered her to Lycoming County Jail after denying her bail. “Her actions have made her a danger to society,” says Dieter.
However, before being taken to jail, Salazar changed her mind and wanted to be treated for the leg injuries she had suffered in the accident, so an ambulance took her from the police station to UPMC Williamsport, where she was on Sunday evening.