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Briest's charges pile up following escape attempt
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A woman who sped from police officers as they tried to stop her for shoplifting outside Walmart now faces more charges, including allegations of a residential break-in.
The woman, Rochelle C. Briest, 42, will face preliminary hearing Jan. 15 on charges of theft, aggravated burglary, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, and driving on a suspended license.
Her charges come after she eluded loss prevention officers outside Walmart leading to a police chase.
“She fled disregarding the safety of multiple persons in the Walmart parking lot,” said McMinnville policeman Jared Jacobs in his warrants against the woman. “I terminated the pursuit in the interest of public safety.”
While she briefly eluded police, her vehicle was soon found nearby.
“I located the vehicle in a yard off Fernwood Drive moments later,” Jacobs said. “She again fled.”
In addition to avoiding loss prevention at Walmart, police think Briest wanted to elude capture because her license was suspended for failing to satisfy citations in Davidson and Wilson counties.
In addition to the incident at Walmart’s parking lot, Briest is also charged with helping burglarize a house.
Deputies believe Briest aided others in stealing credit cards, firearms and other items from a residence. When arrested, Briest reportedly admitted to her involvement in the burglary telling police she took the credit cards and guns from a home on Winding Way.