Authorities said a 44-year-old woman who stole an oil tanker in Camden County on Saturday was apprehended more than eight hours later and 80 miles distant along the Jersey Shore after fleeing police and crashing into various towns. Camille Wescott, of Lawnside, was apprehended by Wildwood police in the parking lot of Wawa on West Rio Grande Avenue shortly after 8:30 p.m., when cops forced their way inside the truck due to concerns she would flee into the town, which was clogged with summer vacationers, officials said.
According to Wildwood police, Wescott checked her mirrors and stepped on the brakes as though she intended to depart, but she was unable to restart the tanker truck. According to Wildwood police, the unusual episode started at 12:30 p.m. when Wescott hijacked the Taylor Oil tanker in Bellmawr. Wescott led police on chases in multiple locations during the next four hours, police said, and was involved in several collisions.
According to State Police, one chase occurred around 6 p.m. in Upper Pittsgrove. Troopers were informed that the tanker’s GPS had positioned it near Buck Road, and they were able to find the vehicle in Harding Woods, a trailer park, a short time later. According to investigators, state police attempted to stop the truck, but Wescott fled on Route 40. The oil tanker was followed by troopers for a short distance before being called off.
It was not immediately clear where the other chases took place. Wescott was charged with receiving stolen items, obstruction, and resisting arrest by Wildwood police, who then passed her over to Bellmawr police. She is also facing charges in Bellmawr, as well as State Police and other Authorities. Wildwood police were aware of the tanker throughout the day, but the initial reports simply indicated an erratic driver on West Rio Grande Avenue, according to Wildwood Lt. Kenneth Gallagher.