CLAREMONT — The woman who allegedly drove her ex-boyfriend’s car into the Connecticut River and then became a fugitive while she went through rehab is facing new charges for alleged bail-jumping.
Erica Belknap-Morris, 30, turned herself in to authorities earlier this month when the story of her allegedly being a fugitive from justice gained her notoriety. Belknap-Morris reportedly went through rehabilitation for her drug addiction, and sought mental health treatment after she left the region in December, according to her attorney, Christine Hanisco.
Belknap-Morris is currently being held without bail.
The two new felony counts charge her with bail-jumping for her alleged failure to show up in court on Dec. 6 for a hearing in two felony cases. Belknap-Morris is facing charges of charges of theft by unauthorized taking for the September incident in which she allegedly drove her then-boyfriend Stephen Bonner’s 2010 Acura into the Connecticut River, sinking the car. Police have characterized the act as possible revenge.
Belknap-Morris left Bonner’s house in the early morning hours of Sept. 15, taking his car, his wallet, and other items, according to the affidavit written by Claremont Police Captain Brent Wilmot.
After the car was sunk, she allegedly took Bonner’s credit cards to the Claremont Walmart and bought an Xbox, some Xbox games, and a Mountain Dew, according to Wilmot’s affidavit.
Two days before the car-sinking, she had been arrested on a warrant charging her with felony theft and forgery, and then released on personal recognizance bail. She was later brought to court on October on the car sinking charge, and released on personal recognizance bail for the car incident and the prior theft and forgery charges, according to court records.