Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

June 26, 2013

Woman runs into oncoming traffic to escape police

Staff writer

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville Police officer found himself dodging traffic Saturday evening chasing after a woman accused of shoplifting items from a local business.

The suspect, Kasi Flowers, 27, 73 Pinewood Dr., now faces charges of evading arrest, reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia and shoplifting.

Police were called to the Crossville Walmart in Obed Plaza around 6:30 p.m. June 15 on a report of a suspected shoplifter who had run out the doors of the business.

Ptl. Camden Davis spotted the suspect, Flowers, run into the GameStop business in the Crossings shopping center. Once inside, Davis' report says Flowers went to the bathroom and attempted to throw away items believed to have been stolen, including bandages, briefs, a soft drink and a giraffe toy, with total value of the items listed at $16.93.

Davis escorted Flowers outside the business and searched her belongings, finding a needle in her purse.

"At the point of me finding the needle in her purse, Ms. Flowers took off running towards Hwy. 127," Davis wrote in his report.

Flowers ran in front of oncoming traffic, with Davis in pursuit. He caught her and the two took refuge in the median of the highway until traffic allowed them to safely cross the street.

Flowers was also arrested on five outstanding warrants for charges not listed on the report.