PHOENIXVILLE - A Phoenixville woman was arraigned in district court Thursday afternoon on false reports to law enforcement authorities after she allegedly told police she was raped by an ex-boyfriend.
Diana Perez, 19, of the 300 block of First Avenue, Phoenixville, was already present at district court for a preliminary hearing on driving under the influence charges when an arrest warrant was served on her for the false reports charges.
According to court documents, Perez told East Pikeland police officer Richard L. Fagley, Sr. around 2 a.m. April 19 that she had been raped by her ex-boyfriend at his residence in East Pikeland earlier that morning. Fagley took the statement from Perez while she was at the Phoenixville Hospital.
According to court documents, Perez had several phone conversations with the victim, stating that she would drop rape charges if he would break up with his current girlfriend.
On Monday, April 26, Perez went to the East Pikeland police station to give a written statement, then requested to drop the charges. Police determined that Perez had consensual sex with the victim to make his current girlfriend jealous so they would break up.
Following an investigation by East Pikeland Police, involving interviews with seven key witnesses, police filed charges of false reports to law enforcement authorities and unsworn falsification to authorities against Perez.
Perez was already in district court Thursday morning awaiting a preliminary hearing on driving under the influence charges stemming from an incident last month.
According to Phoenixville police officer Brett Popiny, a black Nissan, driven by Perez, rear-ended a vehicle at the intersection of Nutt Road and Kimberton Road around 10:15 p.m. May 15.
The Nissan, which had severe front-end damage, was located and stopped by East Pikeland police in the area of Nutt Road and Township Line Road.
Popiny said Perez showed outward signs of intoxication, and he could smell an odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from her. Popiny said Perez told him she'd been drinking beer and driving around that evening, and she was aware that she was in an accident.
Perez is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance; recklessly endangering another person; accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property; reckless driving; following too closely; and purchase, consumption, possession and/or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages.
For these charges, her bail was set at $2,500 unsecured, while on the false reports charges, her bail is $25,000 unsecured bail, with the provision of no contact with the victim, and weekly check-ins with the bail agency.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, July 1, 2004.