Repeat suspect charged with shoplifting, leading cop on I-95 chase
Updated 12:51 pm, Saturday, July 30, 2011
A woman with a lengthy criminal record, suspected of shoplifting Friday at the Kohl's department store off Tunxis Hill Road, bolted from police when confronted in the store's parking lot, triggering a chase onto Interstate 95 before being taken into custody off Exit 22.
Diana L. Eldredge, 24, of Bridgeport -- who has 54 previous arrests, according to police -- faces a series of new charges after the incident that unfolded when Kohl's security staff saw her take several items of men's clothing into a changing room Friday afternoon, police said. When she emerged, however, none of the items were either visible on her person or left behind in the changing room, police said.
She left the store without paying, police said, and was approached in the parking lot by an officer called to the scene. Confronted, she allegedly swore at the officer and sped off, nearly striking the officer's cruiser. She was pursued onto I-95 southbound and got off at Exit 22, where she was captured a short distance away on Kinnie Drive.
Eldredge was charged with larceny fifth-degree, interfering with an officer, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle without a license, engaging in pursuit, failure to have auto insurance, and theft of a license plate.
Police said Eldredge is also under investigation for possible thefts earlier Friday from the local Marshall's department store and from Kohl's on July 23.
Bond was set at $2,500 and she is scheduled to appear Aug. 5 in Bridgeport Superior Court.