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Shoplifter leads police on high speed chase

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Local and Arkansas authorities exchange notes regarding the pursuit and arrest of a woman (pictured above in red) who allegedly shoplifted from Walmart of Kennett on Tuesday.
(Photo by George Anderson, staff)
An Arkansas woman put herself and others in danger on Tuesday afternoon as she fled from police at a high rate of speed, adding additional charges to the original misdemeanor of shoplifting an item or items valued at less than $500.

Authorities received a call of a shoplifter at the Walmart Supercenter of Kennett at approximately 2 p.m.

According to Officer Brian Long, of the Kennett Police Department (KPD), the woman -- whose name is being held pending the filing of formal charges -- allegedly was caught shoplifting by Walmart personnel and as they attempted to follow their procedures for handling such an event, the woman fled from the store and got in a gold 2005 Ford Five Hundred and left the scene.

Kennett officers were made aware of the event and began pursuit.

Authorities said the woman was doing near 50 miles-per-hour down First Street as she fled toward the Arkansas border.

The woman drove towards Rector, Ark., at speeds estimated by local authorities of over 100 miles-per-hour before finally coming to a stop at the Rector city limits, where Clay County Sheriff Gerald McClung had set up a partial roadblock using his truck.

Officers were then able to subdue the suspect without further incident.

Charges expected to be filed include shoplifting, reckless endangerment, and careless and imprudent driving, among others.

Authorities involved in the pursuit include the Kennett Police Department, Dunklin County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas State Highway Patrol, Rector Police Department, and the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

"The Dunklin County Sheriff's Office helped us out a lot," Long said. "They were contacting Arkansas authorities via radio as we were in pursuit."

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Her family must be so proud.

-- Posted by Star_gazer on Tue, Jan 22, 2013, at 4:56 PM

This is the kind of reporting that gets citizens excited about reading the newspaper! Great JOB DDD!

-- Posted by blondesherr on Tue, Jan 22, 2013, at 5:56 PM

Great job to all involved, great news, keep it coming.

-- Posted by rtrkdogoli on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 6:52 AM

You said it well, Star_gazer. Very proud

-- Posted by sholsten on Wed, Jan 23, 2013, at 2:59 PM


-- Posted by drum1 on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 11:51 AM

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