Shoplifting suspect bites employee, runs down officer

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Regina, Harris, 44 By Mike Gertzman Regina, Harris, 44 By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A shoplifting suspect is accused of biting a Walmart employee and running down a Phoenix police officer with her car.

It happened during the noon hour on Saturday.

Regina Harris, 44, allegedly put some merchandise in her purse at the Walmart at 15th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

When Harris attempted to leave the store with the items a Walmart employee attempted to detain her. She became combative, according to court documents, and she bit the employee.

Harris then ran to her vehicle and fled at a very high rate of speed.

Police said she drove recklessly through the city as officers followed her with a helicopter and on the ground.

At one point, Harris crashed into another vehicle while driving the wrong way. She sped away from that crash scene and eventually ended up at a retirement facility at Interstate 10 and 16th Street.

When a police officer ordered her to turn off the vehicle's engine and put her hands in the air, Harris allegedly put the vehicle in reverse and hit the officer, causing him to fall to the ground, pinning him underneath the vehicle's rear bumper.

The officer had several scrapes and abrasions on his arms.

When another officer pulled up behind Harris she rammed her vehicle into the front of the officer's SUV.

Harris was taken into custody a short time later when additional officers arrived.

She is facing charges of retail theft, assault, unlawful flight, and aggravated assault on a police officer. Her bond is set at $15,000.