STEUBENVILLE - Two residents are in custody on a variety of charges, including fleeing police, after a report of an alleged shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart at the Fort Steuben Mall escalated into a high-speed chase downtown.
Taken into custody were Alouvise H. Harris, 27, 1113 Claire Ave., who has been charged with petty theft, resisting arrest, two counts of drug possession, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and illegal possession of a food stamp card; and Robert King, 44, Apt. D, 720 N. Seventh St., who has been charged with felony failure to comply with the order of a police officer, resisting arrest, obstructing justice and complicity to petit theft.
City Police said they were notified by security personnel at Wal-Mart that a woman had left the store around 9:30 p.m. Monday without paying for her merchandise, then fled the scene in a red Camaro. A vehicle matching that description was spotted on North Seventh Street. When police asked the driver to pull to the side of the road, he fled the scene, running stop signs and travelling at a high rate of speed along North Seventh and Franklin Avenue before turning onto state Route 7, according to reports.
Officers said they halted their pursuit in the interests of driver safety, but as they approached the intersection of state Routes 7 and 213 they saw Harris exit the Camaro, jump over the guardrail and attempt to climb into another vehicle that had stopped to offer assistance.
Police said they took Harris into custody at the scene, while King was arrested a few minutes later on University Boulevard.
Police said drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in a purse Harris allegedly had tossed onto the floor of the vehicle that had stopped to assist her.