Woman With History Of Robbing Walmarts Captured After Alleged Shoplifting In Soddy Daisy

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Georgia woman who led police on a multiple-jurisdiction car chase following an alleged shoplifting at Walmart in Soddy Daisy is being held in the Hamilton County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Darius Ishun Green, 22, of Atlanta is scheduled to appear before General Sessions Court Judge Christie Sell on Friday on charges of reckless driving, felony evading arrest, and resisting arrest/obstruction of legal process.

Her co-defendants, 41-year-old Lolita L. Lumpkin of Atlanta and 25-year-old James Curtis Byrd of Calhoun, Ga.

, are scheduled to appear in court with Ms. Green for allegedly resisting arrest.

Ms. Green has a history of involvement in alleged shopliftings at Walmarts, including several in Georgia. On Aug. 25, 2008, for example, she was one of three suspects charged with criminal attempt to commit theft by shoplifting big screen televisions at the Walmart on Sardis Church Road, Buford, in Gwinnett County.

According to the arrest report filed by Hamilton County deputies, Green and her co-defendants came to their attention when they were contacted by Soddy Daisy Police and asked to be on the lookout for a dark blue Malibu with Georgia tags that had been involved in a theft at the Walmart in that community.

Soddy police reported pursuing the fleeing vehicle as far as Hixson Pike and Sequoyah Access Road before discontinuing their chase, according to the county report.

Deputies said they turned on their blue lights and siren when they spotted the vehicle in the 11100 block of Armstrong Road, but the driver of the Malibu refused to stop. The pursuit continued, with the fleeing car racing along Armstrong to Lee Pike and then on to May Road.

“The vehicle ran through a stop sign and made a left hand turn onto May Road . . . traveling at speeds of 40 to 60 MPH,” according to the arrest report, and did not halt until occupants spotted another patrol car ahead of them.

Even then, the report said, the occupants refused to get out of the Malibu and resisted as police forcibly extracted them.

To date, no charges have been filed in Soddy Daisy Court against Ms. Green, Ms. Lumpkin or Byrd, according to the clerk’s office. The alleged shoplifting remains under investigation by Detective Charlie Kilgore of the Soddy Daisy Police Department, according to sources there.

Lolita L. Lumpkin
Lolita L. Lumpkin

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