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Shoplifter sentenced
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A shoplifter who sped away from police as they tried to nab her outside Walmart has been sentenced to two years in prison.
The woman, Rochelle C. Briest, 43, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of reckless endangerment and evading arrest. She was directed to serve two years in prison and to lose her driver license for two years. Her sentence will be served in addition to time she owes the state for violating her probation.
Her prison sentence comes after she eluded loss prevention officers at Walmart early this year. She then outran police who terminated their pursuit of the fugitive out of fear for the public’s safety.
Police picked up Briest’s trail a short time later finding her car in a yard on Fernwood Drive. However, she again fled police. She was arrested later.
During her statement to law enforcement following her capture, Briest claimed she fled because she was scared realizing she didn’t have a driver’s license. She was afraid capture would result in a violation of probation, which it did.