A grocery store assistant manager wasn’t going to let a possible shoplifting suspect simply drive away Sunday.
The Brookshire’s assistant manager got in her own vehicle and followed a woman who drove off after leaving the store and setting off an alarm, a report by officer James Fuller states.
She followed the Chevrolet Silverado, using her cell phone to give its location to a police dispatcher. The Silverado driver ran red lights at Coggin and Vine and Craig and Adams, Fuller’s report states. The pickup ended up as far away as U.S. Highway 377 and Coggin, where the driver went into oncoming traffic to pass two motorists at a red light, the report states.
Fuller got the Silverado stopped, and the driver said she was simply driving around and being chased by a lady in a van. The only charge against the driver, Barbara Craig, 39, turned out to be driving without a license, Fuller’s report states.
The woman told Fuller she went to Brookshire’s to buy some Zinger’s pastries, but couldn’t find any. She left, setting off an alarm, and a store employee approached her, she told Fuller.
The woman told Fuller she opened her canvas purse, said she had nothing and refused the employee’s request to come back into the store.
As Fuller was responding to the incident, he recalled that the same vehicle had been suspected of being involved in an earlier theft investigation, his report states.
In other incidents:
Officer Trey Weathermon tried to stop a vehicle at 6:30 a.m. Saturday because he recognized the driver and knew the man didn’t have a driver’s license.
The man kept driving despite the lights and siren on Weathermon’s patrol car, then stopped at a home in the 1400 block of Avenue A. The man ran inside the home, and Weathermon and officer Art Shannon went inside to get him. Another man in the home had claimed the man they sought wasn’t there, but the officers found the man hiding in a closet and wearing boxer shorts and a T-shirt.
The officers arrested Larry Darnell Johnson, 23, on a charge of resisting arrest after he struggled with the officers, Weathermon’s report states. As the officers escorted the man outside, he yelled “pop, call my lawyer, call Kirby,” the report states.
At the jail, the man told Weathermon, “man, (you’re) something. Every time you deal with me you’re going to have to work for it,” and made a motion to imitate running, Weathermon’s report states.
Officer Danny Hutchins made a traffic stop at 1:34 a.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Austin and arrested the driver, Dominic Williams, 22, on charges of DWI, possession of under 2 ounces of marijuana and driving without a license.
Hutchins also arrested two passengers, Deandre Randle, 21, and Tyrone Temple, 18, on charges of possession of under 2 ounces of marijuana.
Officers were dispatched to the 2700 block of Vincent at 11:58 p.m. Sunday on a report that two men were fighting.
The officers saw two men staggering, yelling and cursing at each other. One of the men started to fall, and officer Sky Self caught him. “Why the (expletive) did you grab me, man? I didn’t do nothing wrong,” Self’s report quoted the man as saying.
He said he was just trying to walk his drunk friend home. One of the men’s cell phone rang, and he answered it despite Self’s command not to. The officer reached out to take the phone away, and the man knocked Self’s arm away. The two went to the ground, and the man stopped struggling.
Thomas Nichols, 18, and Jamall Organ, 18, were each charged with public intoxication.
Richard Stubbs, 29, immediately went to the ground as commanded at Seventh and Avenue K when officer Troy Grusendorf told him he was going to be shot with a Taser if he didn’t comply with the officer’s instructions.
Stubbs was charged with public intoxication.
Officer Patrick Sloan was dispatched to a domestic disturbance n the 1900 block of Avenue D at 4:15 a.m. Sunday. A woman ran toward Sloan yelling “help me,” but Sloan believed the woman was the aggressor after seeing injuries on a man. He arrested Timeka Rodriguez, 19, on a charge of assault.