Cedar Rapids police working the scene of a one-vehicle crash that killed a man wound up arresting a woman driving a stolen car. On Sunday morning, a 61-year-old Cedar Rapids man driving on Highway 30 in the Cedar Rapids area was killed when his pick-up went off the road. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the truck.
Police parked two squad cars as a barricade in order to divert traffic off Highway 30 and around the wreck. Two officers were directing traffic, too, but according to cops the driver of a white 1993 Buick Century "decided the flashing red lights did not apply to them" and drove around the squad car barricade — toward the accident scene.
The driver, 39-year-old Cheryl Marie Rosenberg, then realized her error and stopped. Police discovered she was driving a car that had been stolen from Quincy, Illinois. According to cops, when asked why she failed to stop for the flashing red lights or the two officers who told her to stop, she said: "I’m not from around here."
Rosenberg is from Hawaii. She’s been charged with second-degree theft, failure to comply with a police order and driving without insurance.