Miami woman convicted in shoplifting spree, police chase

Kelvinisha Green, Shaneah Walker, and Lachavia Brownlee,

A Charleston County jury has convicted a Miami woman in connection with a 2013 shoplifting spree and police chase that left an officer with serious injuries.

Kelvinisha Green, 23, faced one count of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and two counts of felony shoplifting, according to the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Green did not appear for her trial this week, prosecutors said. Her sentence will remain sealed until she is tracked down by authorities.

Green was one of three women accused in January 2013 of traveling from Miami to Charleston to steal as many items as they could. Lachavia Brownlee, 25, Shaneah Walker, 26, and Green stole roughly 1,193 items from Citadel Mall in West Ashley, Northwoods Mall in North Charleston, and Town Centre in Mount Pleasant, according to prosecutors. The stolen items included bras, panties and gallons of perfume, investigators reported.

A Mount Pleasant officer attempted to stop the women, but they ran over the officer and fled the scene in a pursuit that reached speeds up to 130 mph, prosecutors said.

The women eventually crashed into a North Charleston garage, ending the chase, prosecutors said.

The officer who was struck in the chase received serious injuries and was forced to retire for medical reasons, prosecutors said.

Brownlee, who was at the wheel, pleaded guilty in July 2014 and testified at Green’s trial. She was sentenced to 13 years in prison on assault, shoplifting, failure to stop for blue lights, and hit-and-run charges.

Walker, who jumped into the vehicle after the officer was struck, pleaded guilty to two counts of shoplifting and was sentenced under the state Youthful Offender Act.

Assistant Solicitors Chris Lietzow and Culver Kidd prosecuted the case. Public defenders Patricia Kennedy and Lorelle Proctor represented Green and Christina Parnall represented Brownlee.

Reach Christina Elmore at 843-937-5908.