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Alleged Shoplifter Dies after Police Chase; Crash

A woman was killed when a police chase ended in a crash after a Walmart shoplifting report, police said. Officers in the Warren County city of Franklin, Ohio, were called to Walmart for a report of a shoplifter, Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman wrote in a news release.

As they were dispatched, police received another report that a male was walking westbound toward an apartment building and that a female had left in a white pickup truck and was heading westbound on Second Street. Shortly after, a Franklin police officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of the white pickup truck southbound on Anderson Street. He activated the overhead lights on his cruiser to signal the driver to pull over, but the pickup truck sped off.

“As the officer was calling in the information to dispatch, the white pickup truck apparently went left of center and off the left side of the roadway, striking a tree in the 6900 block of Shaker Rd at a high rate of speed,” police wrote on Facebook. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup, Misty Sorrell, 40, of Springboro, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The state patrol’s preliminary investigation indicates that speed and failure to wear a seatbelt were contributing factors in the crash. The city of Franklin Police Department is handling the theft from Walmart and attempted traffic stop. “The investigation is continuing and more details will be released tomorrow,” the chief wrote.  [Source: Fox19 Now]

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