Orange Live posted a notice about Loki’s accomplishment on our Facebook Page just 45 minutes after the incident.
Officers responded to the Kohl’s store on Bull Hill Lane regarding a shoplifting complaint on Nov. 29 at 8:33 p.m.
During the investigation, officers learned that the suspect had allegedly taken $347 worth of clothing and bedding from the shelves and left the store without attempting to pay.
As officers arrived, they saw Ashely Staggers, 24, of 152 Greenwood St, New Haven, enter a vehicle, so they boxed it in with their cruisers.
One officer attempted to make an apprehension, but Staggers reversed her vehicle into the cruiser behind her, then drove forward into the cruiser in front, causing the officer to jump onto the hood of her car to avoid being struck. That officer fell off the vehicle after impact. The suspect then rammed the cruiser behind her a second time, and was able to exit the parking lot by driving over traffic ‘islands’ and curbs.
Officers then found the suspect’s disabled car a short distance away at different store, crashed in the parking lot. She was observed trying to run away along Route One. She refused officers’ commands to stop, so Officer Christopher Brown deployed his K-9 partner Loki to make the apprehension. Loki stopped Staggers, and she was subsequently taken into custody and chargedwith first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, possession of a shoplifting device, interfering with an officer, sixth-degree larceny, criminal attempt to assault a public safety officer, possession of less than 1/2 oz of marijuana, 2 counts of evading responsibility of a motor vehicle accident, reckless driving, disobeying an officer’s signal and driving without a license.
Officers found Staggers in possession of a small amount of marijuana, and also learned that the New Haven Police held a warrant for her arrest.
She was held on $45,000 bond for arraignment in Derby Court on Nov. 30.
NOTE: Three Orange Police Cruisers were damaged in November by suspects attempting to flee.