A motorist explained to a Brownwood police officer why she had just run some stop signs shortly before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday: “I was trying to get away because I took the beer from 7-Eleven.”

Officer Troy Grusendorf wrote four traffic citations and a citation for theft under $50 to Teresa Graves, 47, after the 1:19 a.m. traffic stop at Fourth and Brady, Grusendorf’s report states.

Grusendorf was on patrol on Avenue C when he saw a car traveling at high speed on Fifth Street. The car ran stop signs at Avenue C and Avenue B, crossed Brady Avenue without stopping and stopped in a field, Grusendorf’s report states.

The driver backed onto Brady, turned onto Fourth, lost control and spun around, the report states.

A dispatcher told Grusendorf that the vehicle and driver were suspected of being involved in a beer theft minutes earlier at the 7-Eleven at 1501 Coggin.

Grusendorf returned the stolen beer to the store.

In an unrelated incident, a woman fled Wal-Mart, leaving behind $408 worth of merchandise she was attempting to steal, after she realized two employees were following her.

The woman also left a purse with a driver’s license, a report by officer Chandra Geis states.

She left a cart filled with merchandise by the front doors, and left another cart with merchandise by the dressing rooms, Geis’ report states.

Merchandise in the carts included clothing, household items and DVDs, the report states.