Police: Christians dive for cover after city motorist injects heroin

Sunday services at the Christ Community Worship Center at West Fourth and Center streets were just letting out on May 25 when a 2003 Audi, being driven by a woman city police said had just injected heroin, careened out of control.

Church members “ran for cover” as the car drove over a stop sign, through the front lawn of Manevel’s Funeral Home, across a busy sidewalk and then back onto Center Street before the driver bailed out of the moving vehicle about 1:30 p.m., Patrolman Jimmy Rodgers said in an affidavit.

More pedestrians scrambled to get out of the way as the unoccupied car headed right at them, the officer said.

The driver, Holly Lynn Morgret, 28, had just injected heroin in the Wegmans parking lot at 201 William St. after purchasing hypodermic needles at the pharmacy, Rodgers said.

As she drove out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed, she nearly collided with Rodgers’ cruiser. The officer had been in the supermarket minutes earlier.

The officer pursued the reckless driver, who first ran a stop sign and then a red light as she was heading north of Hepburn Street.

When Rodgers caught up with her on Center street moments after she bailed out of the car, Morgret turned and fled, but she was quickly apprehended.

“I can’t go to jail. I have a 2-year-old son,” Morgret screamed and cried as officers handcuffed her and took her into custody.

“She said something about not having any more heroin because she had used it,” Rodgers said of Morgret, who lives at 1239 Vine Ave.

“There was a trickle of blood coming from her left arm and there also a needle mark on the arm,” Rodgers said.

“She said she had bought a brick (of heroin) for a friend. She also admitted to shooting two packets of heroin in Wegmans lot,” Rodgers said.

Morgret, who is on probation for drug offenses and whose driver’s license was suspended for a prior drunk driving conviction, told police she fled from them because there was a gun in the car.

Inside the Audi, officers found a loaded handgun, Rodgers said.

Automatically committed to the Lycoming County Prison on a probation violation, Morgret was arraigned last week before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of fleeing police, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, recklessly endangering, convicted felon not to possess a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was recommitted in lieu of $35,000 bail.