Two local women were jailed Saturday after an incident involving a report of shoplifting at a North Vernon store led to a chase, a wreck and their eventual arrests.
Holly L. Kramer, 29, of North Vernon, and Breanna N. Russell, 23, of Columbus, each face a Class A misdemeanor charge from the shoplifting incident reported at 9:18 p.m. Saturday at Walmart Supercenter, 2410 State Road 3.
The pair also face a Level 6 felony charge of resisting law enforcement by fleeing from the resulting pursuit.
The incident that led to their arrests began when North Vernon officers were sent to investigate a shoplifting report, according to a news release from Sgt. Andrew Richmond.
Richmond, the department’s public information officer, said as Officer Seth Beville arrived at the store and was near the front door, Russell ran out of the door and got into a car driven by Kramer.
Officer Beville pursued the vehicle Kramer was driving north on State Road 3. Officer Todd Beam, who was also in the area after the original dispatch, joined in the pursuit that ended when the vehicle driven by Kramer went into a ditch near JFK Drive, Black said.
Both women fled the car and attempted to flee through a field however were caught by officers at the scene, Black said.
Officer Beville and Beam recovered two smartphones and several accessories including two wireless speakers, from the vehicle.
The merchandise, valued at $451, was returned to Walmart, Black said.
Kramer and Russell are also suspects in an earlier theft from Walmart that police continue to investigate, Black said.