AZ PD: shoplifter bites store agent, pins officer under car bumper

AZ PD: shoplifter bites store agent, pins officer under car bumper
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 6:12pm

Phoenix, AZ (KPHO) -- Police say they've arrested a shoplifter who allegedly bit a store agent and backed over a cop in her attempts to flee.

Regina Harris is accused of trying to walk out of the Walmart store at 1607 W. Bethany Home Rd. on Saturday with stolen items in her purse, Phoenix police said.

A Walmart loss prevention agent confronted Harris who bit the agent to get away, the police report states.

She ran to her vehicle and sped off. The Phoenix police helicopter was overhead and saw Harris allegedly driving recklessly, police said. Because of her high speeds, police ended the pursuit. Officers used lights and sirens at Interstate 10 and the Seventh Street exit and Harris stopped. But when officers approached the vehicle, she drove away southbound on Seventh Street.

Phoenix police said from their helicopter, officers witnessed Harris drive into oncoming traffic, collide with another vehicle and speed off.

Harris parked her vehicle near a retirement facility at 1110 N. 16th St. An officer approached her and Harris put her car in reverse and accelerated, pinning the officer underneath the rear bumper.

The officer had abrasions along his arm. Additional officers responded and Harris again put her vehicle in reverse, this time backing into the front end of the Phoenix police vehicle.

Harris was taken into custody and faces three counts of aggravated assault on an officer, one count of shoplifting, one count of assault, one count of flight from officers and one count of abuse. 

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