Pair ar­rested af­ter three-county chase with po­lice

♦ Group shoplift­ing at Wal­mart in Cedar­town kicked off pur­suit, ad­di­tional sus­pects still be­ing sought

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - From staff re­ports

A man and woman were jailed af­ter a group was ac­cused of shoplift­ing at the Cedar­town Wal­mart and ended up in hot pur­suit by law en­force­ment in an at­tempt to get away.

Cedar­town Po­lice Chief Jamie New­some said the chase that spanned three coun­ties be­gan when an of­fi­cer was called out from his depart­ment by Wal­mart’s Loss Pre­ven­tion depart­ment of sus­pected shoplifters leav­ing the store.

New­some said a group of four were al­leged to have taken items from the store, and then got­ten into a ve­hi­cle po­lice found out was stolen af­ter Cedar­town Po­lice tried to stop the group from leav­ing.

The chase be­gan, and af­ter sev­eral min­utes of try­ing to catch the ve­hi­cle New­some said his shift com­man­der at the time de­cided to call of­fi­cers off and put out a look­out for the ve­hi­cle.

“Around 15 min­utes later we got word from Floyd County that they were chas­ing a car head­ing back to Polk County on High­way 27 match­ing that de­scrip­tion,” New­some said.

He said the chase con­tin­ued south again and into Har­al­son County, where even­tu­ally two of the group was in­volved in a wreck with a trac­tor trailer and the pur­suit ended.

New­some said that James Bar­ber of a Tem­ple, ad­dress, was booked by the Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol and jailed in Har­al­son County on charges in the City of Cedar­town with shoplift­ing, flee­ing at­tempt­ing to elude and a laun­dry list of other traf­fic vi­o­la­tions run­ning from of­fi­cers in Cedar­town.

Aubri­ana Oliver, from Dal­las ad­dress, was also charged in Cedar­town city court with shoplift­ing.

Po­lice said the re­main­ing two who were in­volved in the in­ci­dent are be­lieved to have fled from the car af­ter of­fi­cers called off the chase in Cedar­town ini­tially, and when it picked back up in Floyd County.

Their iden­ti­ties are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and New­some asked for any­one who might have

Po­lice said the re­main­ing two who were in­volved in the in­ci­dent are be­lieved to have fled from the car af­ter of­fi­cers called off the chase in Cedar­town ini­tially, and when it picked back up in Floyd County.

in­for­ma­tion to con­tact Cedar­town Po­lice Depart­ment at 770-7484123.

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