Not guilty plea entered for Mattice related to charges, violations in Milton crash


MILTON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The woman who was at the center of a two week search was arraigned on new charges Tuesday night.

Rachael Mattice is accused of causing a car crash in Milton where police said they found prescription drugs that did not belong to her. Mattice appeared in Milton Town Court Tuesday without an attorney. She only had her mother by her side when she faced the judge.

The judge entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.

Emily Burke saw the accident unfold on Middle Grove Road. She told NEWS10 ABC a jeep crossed the center lane and hit another car, which caused it to flip into a ditch.

Burke said she saw Mattice slide out of the driver’s seat uninjured.

“Watched her take stuff out of her purse, put it in her pocket, and act extremely squirrely,” Burke said.

New York State Police said they found OxyContin, Xanax and Valium on Mattice that didn’t belong to her.

After pleading not guilty to the drug charges and traffic violations on Tuesday, the judge asked her to return November 1.

But that date conflicts with another court appearance for unrelated prescription drug theft charges in Hamilton County. She’s also facing charges for claiming she was abducted when police said that never happened.

Mattice Color Sketch

It was in June when Mattice sparked a massive two week search. The 24-year-old claimed she had been kidnapped by a bearded man whom police said doesn’t exist.

Burke said Mattice should suffer the consequences.

“It’s another example of somebody who got away with what she did the first time, and now she’s causing more trouble,” she said.

Mattice was released on her own recognizance. The judge adjourned her case for purposes of finding an attorney.


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