Nelson Police Department officers dealt with an intoxicated woman who shoplifted downtown this week.

Tussle occurs with drunk Nelson shoplifter

A drunk woman went on a shoplifting spree this week before being caught by staff that held her down until police arrived.

A drunk woman went on a shoplifting spree this week before being caught by staff that held her down until police arrived.

At 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Nelson Police Department received a call about a female being assaulted in the 500 block of Herridge Lane. At the same time, they received a second report of a theft in progress.

When police responded, the discovered two men holding down a woman.

“She had allegedly shoplifted from one downtown business and while staff was searching for her she did the same thing in another business,” said a release issued by Sgt. Paul Bayes of the NPD.

She was caught after a chase and while she tried to escape she bit one person and kicked another, causing minor injuries, Bayes said.

The 24-year-old was taken into custody and transported to NPD cells until sober. She was released but will have to answer to charges of theft and assault.

All the stolen property was located and returned.

In other police briefs…

On Friday morning, an off-duty police officer noticed a man in the 400 block of Baker Street that he knew was banned from the area for trafficking drugs. The NPD officer stayed and spoke to the male while on-duty police attended to investigate further.

The 24-year-old male is facing charges of breach of his probation and possession of a controlled substance.

Later that same day, Nelson police on patrol located several people drinking in Cottonwood Falls Park.

“All were cooperative and disposed of their liquor immediately,” reported Bayes.

The possible fine for public consumption of alcohol is $230.

On Friday night at 11 p.m. police stopped a speeding driver who did a u-turn and parked in a no-parking zone around the 700 block of Vernon Street.

When approached he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol but refused to provide a breath sample.

“He then began filming the members and interfered with the impounding of his vehicle,” said Bayes in a release.

The man was arrested and charged with obstructing a police officer. His vehicle was impounded for 30 days and his licence suspended for 90 days.