HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – Police said two shoplifting suspects had an infant in their car while they led officers on a chase that ended in a five-car accident in Henrico County Sunday afternoon.
Henrico police Lt. C.J. Maurice said officers were dispatched for a shoplifting call at the Target in the 9000 block of Staples Mill Road at 4:15 p.m.
As officers were about to arrive at the store, they spotted the suspects' gray car fleeing the parking lot.
Maurice said officers tried to pull over the vehicle, but he said the driver kept going and a brief pursuit began.
Officials said the pursuit ended when the suspect’s car slammed into four other vehicles -- while trying to drive in between cars stopped at a traffic light -- at the intersection of Staples Mill Road and Hungary Road.
Police said the two suspects were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. Additionally, five other people in other vehicles were treated for minor injuries. Three of them were transported to area hospitals.
Maurice said the male driver and a female passenger have charges pending for shoplifting. Additionally, the male driver will be charged with eluding police.
Authorities said 32-year-old Jeremy Dodge was charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, felony child neglect and felony eluding police.
Twenty-six-year-old Victikia Coker was charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny and felony child neglect.
Police were seen recovering items from the suspects' car.
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