A Whitehall police officer is recovering from minor injuries he sustained Saturday, Jan. 11, when a woman he attempted to detain for shoplifting drove away from a store, dragging the officer across the parking lot for a short distance.
Whitehall police arrested Linda Kay Koylu, 33, of West Chester and charged her with felonious assault and aggravated robbery.
Koylu was arrested after a short pursuit that began at Walmart, 3657 E. Main St., where officer Noah Fullerton attempted to detain her.
Koylu crashed her vehicle into a telephone pole on East Broad Street, near Collingwood Avenue, in front of the Town and County shopping center.
She had left the store without paying for two bags of dog food, Whitehall police Sgt. John Grebb said.
Fullerton was working special duty at the store and asked Koylu to show a receipt for the merchandise after reaching her vehicle.
A struggle ensued and Koylu fled from the parking lot, dragging Fullerton behind the vehicle, a 1986 two-door Oldsmobile.
The incident took place around 8:15 p.m. Jan. 11.
Koylu was arrested after a crash and a foot pursuit. She was treated at Grant Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crash before being taken to the Franklin County jail.
Fullerton was treated and released from Mount Carmel East Hospital.
According to Franklin County Municipal Court records, Koylu was arrested in August 2013 for robbery.
Koylu was scheduled to be arraigned Monday, Jan. 13, in connection with her Jan. 11 arrest.