CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL April 26 2012- Three women were in a serious car crash while fleeing the scene of an alleged shoplifting incident at the Macy’s in the Town Center Mall, according to Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Around 6:33 p.m. Thursday, deputies received a call from Macy’s security about three women stealing 46 pieces of clothing, putting the items in their car and speeding away from the Town Center Mall.
Deputies spotted the car crossing US-41 and SR-776, then pull into a restaurant parking lot.
When deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the car, the driver nearly hit the deputy’s patrol car getting out of the parking lot, reports said.
After the vehicle ran a stop sign and a stop light on US-41, deputies stopped pursuing the vehicle.
Deputies then spotted a large cloud of smoke a short distance away. The car had attempted to pass someone on the grass shoulder, lost control and struck a flatbed truck.
The driver and a passenger fled from the vehicle but were caught by deputies. The third suspect had to be extricated from the damaged car.
The driver, 27-year-old Nina Monic Brown was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital due to the severity of her injuries.
Passenger Linda Ann Watkins, 40, was taken to Tampa General Hospital and 19-year-old Eboni Joyneice Hatcher was taken to PRRMC.
Hatcher was released from the hospital and was arrested for grand theft and resisting arrest by a retail merchant.