Theresa Drew, 57, of Quincy was trying to avoid being detained by a Wal-Mart security guard Friday when she almost hit the guard with her car, police said.
In addition to larceny of property valued at $250 or less, she is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon – the car.
She was arraigned Monday in Quincy District Court. She pleaded innocent and was released on personal recognizance. She is to return to court July 23 for a pretrial session.
Drew allegedly tried to take a shopping cart full of goods out of the Wal-Mart on Falls Boulevard at about 2:45 p.m. Friday, by going through the lawn and garden section.
When she tried to flee in her Hyundai sedan without the merchandise, she shifted into reverse and almost hit the security guard, who had to jump out of the way, police said.
She was stopped at Caddy Park on Quincy Shore Drive a short time later by police officer John Grazioso and other officers.
Grazioso saw Drew’s car pass him on Sea Street after her plate number had been sent out on an alert. Drew was identified by the Wal-Mart security guard.