NORTH HAVEN — A woman has been charged after police said she stole more than $400 worth of merchandise from Target before leading officers on a pursuit with children in her car Monday night.
Vernasia Miller-Smith, 24, was charged with larceny, robbery, engaging officers in pursuit, and three counts of risk of injury.
Police responded to Target, 200 Universal Drive North, for reports of a theft around 9 p.m. Miller-Smith attempted to steal more than $400 worth of items from the store, and reportedly scratched and bit a security guard when confronted, according to police.
She fled the scene before officers arrived, but was later found driving on Universal Drive. After refusing to pull over for police, Miller-Smith reportedly drove south on Interstate 91 at “a high rate of speed” with three children in the car.
Miller-Smith’s vehicle was later located in a New Haven driveway and she was taken into custody. The children, ages 5, 4, and 1, were turned over to their mother.