Two people were arrested after shoplifting at Walmart and fleeing Friday evening.
Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies were on the lookout at 7:45 p.m. Friday for a black Chevy Impala that was the suspect vehicle in a shoplifting at Walmart, according to Sheriff’s spokeswoman Gena Bilbo.
A deputy tried to stop the speeding car on Ebenezer Road, but the driver refused to slow down or stop.
During the pursuit the passenger, Thomas Preston Schmidt, threw items out of the window. The driver, Tiffany Marie Lee, lost control, drove into a ditch and struck a light pole.
As deputies were approaching the car, she tried to flee again by backing up and striking the deputies’ vehicle and almost striking a deputy.
The pursuit continued until Lee finally lost control and drove into a field. Lee exited the car and ran, but was arrested and taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.
Lee, 29, was charged with reckless driving, fleeing, open container, driving while suspended, aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, hit-and-run, obstruction, drunken driving and possession of drug-related items. Her passenger Thomas Preston Schmidt, 31, was charged with obstruction and littering from a motor vehicle.
Both suspects are well-known to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.