Man facing charges in alleged shoplifting, car chase

A car that police say was stolen and used in chase was damaged when it crashed.
A car that police say was stolen and used in chase was damaged when it crashed.

By Katrina Webber - email | bio

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A man is facing charges--and nursing a dog bite-- as the result of a case that includes allegations of shoplifting, stealing a car and leading police on a in Shreveport.

It actually began late Tuesday night with a report about a stolen car from First Stop Food Mart in the 1000 block of Louisiana Street.

However, it wasn't until Wednesday morning that the routine report turned into a much wilder situation.

Around 1:15 a.m., police were called to Walmart in Shreve City to investigate a shoplifting case.
The store manager told officers that two men had stolen a DVD player and then sped off in a white Dodge Alero, possibly sideswiping him on the way out.

An officer who was driving nearby spotted the vehicle on Youree Drive and attempted to stop it. However, the driver refused to pull over and eventually crashed in the Highland neighborhood. Police say two men who were inside jumped out and took off running.

"We had a witness give the direction of travel and a description of the person that had bailed out of the driver's seat of the vehicle," said Sgt. Mark Sharbono. "Canine began tracking at that point, came in contact with the individual."

Sharbono says the suspect refused to comply with his orders and was bitten on the buttocks by the police dog. He was taken to LSU Health Sciences Center for treatment.

Police are not sure yet whether the man in custody was the driver of the car or a passenger. The second man got away.

It was later determined that the car involved in the shoplifting case and police chase is the same one stolen from the gas station Tuesday night, police said.