BY JULIE MANGANIS
---- — SALEM — The woman arrested last month after police say she hijacked a woman outside the Peabody Stop & Shop and led a high-speed chase through Salem pleaded not guilty yesterday to a string of charges stemming from the episode.
Rosa Maria Guarino, 31, of 20 Crane Ave., Peabody, had been hospitalized for evaluations into her competency and criminal responsibility since shortly after her July 10 arrest. Yesterday, after doctors had switched her medication, she was deemed competent to be arraigned on the charges stemming from the chase, including failing to stop for police, driving to endanger, driving while under the influence of drugs, receiving a stolen motor vehicle and speeding.
She pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail by Salem District Court Judge Matthew Nestor.
Guarino will also be making an appearance in Peabody District Court to answer to charges of carjacking and attempted carjacking, stemming from the incidents in that city.
A pretrial hearing in the Salem case is scheduled for Aug. 28.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.