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An alleged Indiana underwear thief took police on a nearly 100-miles-per-hour pursuit, all while littering the highway with stolen garments.
Holly Sansone, 32, was approached by police on Wednesday in the parking lot of a Kohl’s store in Portage, according to the Chicago Post-Tribune. An officer knocked on the window of her parked car as she sat inside. Police had been called after someone reported that Sansone shoplifted from the department store.
Sansone’s alleged reaction to the officer trying to talk to her about the shoplifting accusations?
“I’ve gotta go,” she said before driving away, according to an arrest report cited by the Post-Tribune.
She then allegedly led law enforcement on a police pursuit in Sansone as she ran red lights and threw pieces of lingerie out her car window.
At one point, she reportedly drove 97 mph in a 55 mph zone. She also nearly struck several other vehicles, according to the Northwest Indiana Times.
The high-speed chase came to a halt when Sansone drove over tire shredders police laid across the highway. When an officer approached her toward the end of the pursuit, they allegedly noticed she was wearing a stolen garment.
“I told [Sansone] that she could have killed someone the way she was driving, and [Sansone] again stated that she didn’t have anything on her,” police wrote in their report. “I told her that she still has one of the security tags sticking out of the back of her pants.”
Police claim they recovered four bras and 14 pairs of panties from the scene, in addition to candles and air freshener refills, according to the Northwest Indiana Times. The amount of allegedly stolen items totals $445, police estimate. The items were collected both inside the woman’s car and from the side of the highway.
Sansone faces felony charges of theft with a prior conviction and resisting law enforcement in addition to misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and resisting law enforcement. It’s unclear if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time.
[Photo: Porter County Sheriff's Office]
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