Sheriff: Gas station employee goes flying over hood of shoplifter's vehicle

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SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- After stealing beer from a gas station, a woman allegedly got into her car to get away and hit someone standing in the parking lot in the process.

Erin L. Spears, 46, of Wheelersburg, is charged with aggravated robbery and driving under the influence.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini says his office took a 911 call a little before noon Tuesday.

A worker reported a theft at the Speedeemart Sunoco in the 200 block of Center Street in Wheelersburg.

The 911 caller also said that the woman struck a man in the parking lot while trying to drive away.

Deputies responded and were told the woman stole three "tall boy" size beers. She allegedly put the beer in her purse without paying.

Then, the clerk chased her out of the building. Another employee pulled into the parking lot around that time and saw the clerk chasing the suspect.

Investigators say that second employee tried to calm the woman down while the clerk wrote down the vehicle registration number.

The workers say the woman then backed up, nearly hitting the clerk standing behind the vehicle. She then put the vehicle into drive and hit the gas, running straight into the employee who was trying to calm her down. Investigators say the man flipped over the hood of the vehicle.

The suspect left the scene before deputies arrived.

Porter Township EMS treated the man for his injuries. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators reviewed the cameras at the store and saw what happened.

Deputies got a possible address for the woman. They checked an apartment in Wheelersburg, but were told the woman was not home at the time. As a deputy was leaving though, he spotted the suspect's vehicle nearby. He pulled her over on Center Street and arrested her without incident.

"During this traffic stop the female had slurred speech and admitted that she had been drinking that resulted in the Ohio State highway Patrol responding to this location and giving the suspect a breath analysis test that resulted in her being charged with driving under the influence," the sheriff stated in a press release.

After an initial court appearance Wednesday, Spears is now in jail on a $100,000 bond.

"Captain John W. Murphy stated the quick arrest was a result of deputies Chase Workman and Luke Jenkins working quickly and efficiently to protect our community," the press release continues. "Captain John W. Murphy stated that the Porter Township EMS along with the Ohio State Patrol assisted in this case."

Additional charges will be presented to the grand jury on a later date. It is an ongoing case, so if you have any information, you're asked to call Deputy Chase Workman at 740-354-7566.