Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini announces that his 911 center received a call Tuesday, March 12 at 11:44 p.m. from a Wheelersburg gas station. The caller reported that a female had stolen items from inside the store and fled in her vehicle striking a man in the parking lot.

Captain John W. Murphy stated that deputies responded to this location and was advised that the female entered the store, allegedly stealing three tall boy sized beers by placing them inside her purse without paying.

The clerk chased the female out of the building when another employee pulled onto the lot and observed the clerk chasing the female. He attempted to calm the customer down while the clerk was getting her vehicle registration number. The suspect allegedly backed up, almost hitting the clerk behind the vehicle, then allegedly put the vehicle into drive, giving it gas and striking the male employee, causing him to flip over the hood of her vehicle. The male was treated by Porter Township EMS at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.

Murphy stated that the female fled the scene in her vehicle before deputies arrived. During this investigation, deputies were able to view the cameras in the store showing the incident and suspect and were able to get a possible address on the suspect. Deputies responded to a location in Portsmouth and obtained information on the suspect and a possible location in Wheelersburg.

According to Murphy, deputies checked an address in Wheelersburg and were advised that the suspect does stay at this location but was not home at this time. A deputy was leaving this location when he observed the suspect vehicle and was able to make a traffic stop on the vehicle on Center Street in Wheelersburg. resulting in the female being detained without incident.

During this traffic stop, the female had slurred speech and allegedly admitted that she had been drinking. This resulted in the Ohio State Highway Patrol responding to this location and giving the suspect a breath analysis test, which resulted in her being charged with driving under the influence.

Arrested was Erin L. Spears, 46. Spears has been charged with aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree, and appeared in Portsmouth Municipal Court on March 13.

Murphy said that the quick arrest was a result of deputies Chase Workman and Luke Jenkins working quickly and efficiently to protect the community and that the Porter Township EMS along with the Ohio State Patrol assisted in this case.

According to Donini, this is still an ongoing investigation that could result in more charges being presented to the grand jury on a later date. Anyone with information should contact Deputy Chase Workman at 740-354-7566.