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Malone woman leads police on pursuit after shoplifting groceries at Massena Walmart

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RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT - MASSENA - A Malone woman faces nine charges after she allegedly walked out of the Massena Walmart without paying for nearly $400 worth of groceries in her cart and then led police on a two-mile chase when they located her vehicle Saturday afternoon on state Route 37.

Village police charged Courtney I. Pickreign, 22, of 127 Valley Road, Malone, with two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, petit larceny and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and ticketed her for operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, operation of a vehicle with an obstructed license plate and failure to comply.

She was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released under the supervision of the probation department.

Police said they responded to a shoplifting complaint at Walmart and learned the vehicle had left the parking lot. They located the vehicle on Route 37, but police said Pickreign failed to comply with orders to pull over on Route 37 and led police on a brief chase on Highland and Leslie roads before pulling over at 1:24 a.m. Saturday. They said she had two children, ages 4 and 18 months, in the vehicle during the incident.

Police said the Malone woman told them she was aware she should pull over but was concerned that her arrest could lead to issues for her children, so she initially opted not to pull over. They said she was only driving slightly higher than the posted speed limit during the chase.

Pickreign allegedly left Walmart without paying for $383.83 worth of merchandise.

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