Sheriff's office: Woman fights deputies, rams vehicles while kids are in car

Sheriff's office: Woman fights deputies, rams vehicles while kids are in car

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore. – A woman with two kids in her car rammed a police car and fought with deputies as they tried to arrest her early Saturday morning, Washington County sheriff’s deputies said.

A deputy who knew 46-year-old Molly Noonan was wanted on a felony theft warrant saw her driving an SUV westbound on Highway 26 near Helvetia just after midnight.

The deputy couldn’t pull her over because he was transporting somebody else to jail, so he called for help.

Deputies said they found her in North Plains, and she quickly stopped in somebody’s driveway. She had her 15-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son with her.

Deputies said Noonan gave them a false name and identification, but that they recognized her from previous arrests. They said when they told her she was under arrest, she started the SUV and sped backward into an Acura in the driveway, pushing it into a deputy’s Chevy Tahoe.

Four deputies jumped out of the way, but one got pinned between the Acura and Noonan’s SUV. Deputies said Noonan’s daughter jumped out of the SUV and assaulted the deputy.

As the teenager was being arrested, deputies said, they had to break the driver’s-side window out of the SUV to open the door and arrest Noonan.

The deputy and Noonan had minor injuries.

Noonan was charged with 26 crimes, including

  • Five counts of attempted felony first-degree assault
  • Five counts of unlawful use of a weapon (the SUV)
  • Escape
  • Resisting arrest
  • Two counts of reckless endangering
  • Identity theft
  • Forgery
  • False information to a police officer


She is also facing the original warrants for first- and second degree theft, forgery and identity theft.

She is being held on $415,000 bail.