Shoplifter flees police, later treated for overdose in Burrillville


NORTH SMITHFIELD – A Mississippi woman who refused to stop for police after allegedly leaving Walmart with stolen goods was arrested after she was brought to the hospital for an overdose later the same day.

North Smithfield police responded to the Dowling Village store around 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 for reports that a woman was spotted putting items in her purse, but ran from security, leaving the store in a grey Honda Accord.

The vehicle was later spotted by police by Pearls Candy & Nuts, but the operator ignored at attempted vehicle stop, driving by other cars that were pulled over for sirens.

According to police, the car briefly stopped on Park Avenue, but accelerated again as the officer was getting out of his cruiser.

Officers ultimately abandoned pursuit, notifying Woonsocket police that the suspect was in their jurisdiction.

Later that night, a 42-year-old woman meeting the description of the suspect was treated for an overdose in her car in Burrillville, and transported to Landmark Medical Center.

NSPD met her at the hospital, charging her with shoplifting, reckless driving and obstructing an officer.

The stolen items found in her car were valued at $31.14.

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