Port Royal Woman Charged with Aggravated Assault and DUI

A 28-year-old woman from Port Royal was charged with 15 criminal counts on Saturday, including aggravated assault, DUI, and disorderly conduct.

Pennsylvania State Police-Lewistown responded to a report of a vehicle deliberately hitting another, according to court documents.

Two people reported that Ashton Jean Kauffman pulled up beside their vehicle, while they were traveling north on state Route 522, and motioned for them to pull over. When they declined, Kauffman passed their vehicle and halted in front of their vehicle, making them stop. According to the report, Kauffman came out of her vehicle and started using curse language and threatening them. When the accusers turned the vehicle around, Kauffman followed them and deliberately crashed into the rear of the alleged victim’s vehicle. The allegation states that the individuals told police they were in fear for their lives because of Kauffman’s actions.

When the accusers pulled their vehicle off of the road, Kauffman reportedly fled the scene. Pennsylvania State Police observed Kauffman driving south on state Route 522 and carried out a traffic stop, during which Kauffman confessed to deliberately striking the vehicle. Kauffman told police she observed her boyfriend driving with another girl in his vehicle, which motivated her decision to pursue and damage the vehicle. Kauffman told police she had taken alcohol earlier in the day, prompting Pennsylvania State Police to conduct Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Pennsylvania State Police reported the test revealed a sign of impairment.

Kauffman was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Kent Smith, who set $100,000 bail. Kauffman was committed to Mifflin County Correctional Facility on June 23 and posted surety bonds on June 24. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 27.

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