Pictured below is a woman who is a menace to area streets and residents.
She is Sinead T. Lynch. She is 38 and lives in Overland Park.
Sinead (probably pronounced shi-nade) is decidedly bad news. Her “thing” is stealing cars and driving wild and crazy, regardless of the consequences. Instead of being hooked on crack (which is also a possibility), she is hooked on wild rides.
Fortunately, she apparently has killed no one yet, but she recently did several hundred thousand dollars worth of damage to a building at 18th and Oak after crashing a stolen SUV into the building at — as they say — a “high rate of speed,” while trying to elude police.
On Monday, Sinead was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, fleeing from a lawful police stop and careless and imprudent driving in connection with the Nov. 20 incident.
But that incident wasn’t her first. Oh, no. In a story on The Star’s website today, Tony Rizzo reports that Lynch recently got out of prison after serving four months for crimes related to a chase earlier this year — a chase in which she nearly struck several other drivers and pedestrians.
She hasn’t limited her cowgirl vehicular antics to Kansas City, either. Rizzo reports the following:
“…according to court and prison records in Florida, Lynch amassed a lengthy record of charges there involving stolen vehicles, driving without a license and fleeing from police, including an incident in 2007 in which police officers nearly were struck and several houses were damaged.”
Rizzo reports that Sinead was driving a Nissan SUV that was reported stolen from a motel in Kansas City, North, early the morning of Nov. 20.
I wondered what was going on at that motel, but Rizzo’s story — written for a family audience — didn’t get into the seamy details.
But Fox 4 News, never shy about getting into the messier stuff, pretty much told the rest of the story. It said:
“According to a probable cause statement, a man reported his 2005 Nissan Armada stolen from a Days Inn located at 7100 N.E. Parvin Road at about 2:30 a.m. on November 20. The man told police he had given a ride to a woman he didn’t know, and later gave her his keys so she could retrieve her purse from the SUV. Instead of returning his keys, the man told police the woman drove away.”
My guess as to what happened is that Sinead picked the man up in a bar somewhere — or quickly succumbed to his overtures — and took him up on his offer to go to a motel to continue the “date.”
The guy must have been quite surprised and confused when Sinead asked for the car keys and never came back.
It wasn’t until about eight hours later — 10 a.m. — that officers saw the stolen SUV being driven fast near 12th and Benton. After seeing the driver run two red lights, police gave chase, and, between that point and 18th and Oak, she drove on the wrong side of the road at times and even drove up onto sidewalks, sending pedestrians scattering.
The “bait-and-steal” trick is probably Sinead’s m.o. It would appear that she is more interested in stealing cars and driving them recklessly than she is in dispensing sexual favors to “lucky” pursuers…and I’m not talking about the cops here.
I’m glad no one was hurt in this incident, and, for the sake of all area residents, I hope she spends a lot more time in prison this time — and then goes back to Florida.
Editor’s note: At the request of people with good taste, this story has been “cleaned up” from its original version.