Three women face charges following an incident at the Atlantic Superstore on Joseph Howe Drive this weekend.
At 3:20 p.m. on December 5, police responded to a shoplifting call at the Atlantic Superstore at 3601 Joseph Howe Drive. The Loss Prevention Officer followed two woman suspected of shoplifting out of the store to a car where another woman was waiting for them. A plain-clothes RCMP officer assigned to the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene and attempted to stop the women before they entered the car. The officer clearly identified himself as a police officer, but the women ignored him and entered the car. The officer again clearly identified himself as a police officer and advised the female driver and the occupants to stop and that they were under arrest for theft. The car quickly accelerated and struck the officer, causing him to push off the hood of the car to prevent himself from being run over as the car fled the scene. The officer was not injured and was able to obtain a license plate number and vehicle description.
At 4:10 p.m., RCMP officers located the car travelling outbound on Highway 102 and conducted a traffic stop between Exits 4C and 5. The three women were arrested without incident. Twenty-six-year-old Dana Jessome and 45-year-old Karen MacDonald, both of Sydney Mines, and 34-year-old Kimberley O’Dea of Sydney, were scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court this morning to each face charges of theft under $5,000, possession under $5,000, assault of a police officer with a weapon and uttering threats. Dana Jessome, the driver of the car, has also been charged with dangerous driving.