A woman who had been brought to the hospital by police ran away from the hospital, ran naked through a nearby neighborhood and broke into several homes and vehicles before police officers caught and arrested her about a half mile away, the Lenoir Police Department said.
Residents on Pinetop Place called police about 4:30 a.m. Thursday to report that a woman was going down the street knocking on doors, a police press release said. When officers arrived, they determined that the woman, identified as Chasity Star Davis, 32, of Barlowe Place, needed medical attention because of “obvious and severe drug impairment,” the press release said, and she was taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital.
But before receiving medical care, she left the hospital, at some point shedding her hospital gown, police said. Hospital officials called the police, and officers began looking for her. Meanwhile, homeowners in the area of Hibriten Avenue and Highland Avenue, just to the east of the hospital, spotted a woman running naked through yards and between several homes.
About 11 a.m. a homeowner in the 400 block of Highland Avenue confronted a naked woman who had entered the house, police said. She ran from the house, climbed into a 2013 Hyundai and drove off, eventually wrecking into a tree nearby in the backyard of a house on Woodside Place, the press release said.
She ran from the car, and a short time later someone saw her run from a house in the 500 block of Hibriten Avenue, police said. Nothing was stolen from inside that home.
She reportedly tried to steal a 1989 Chevy 3500 pickup truck that was parked on the street, but the owner of the truck confronted her and she ran toward Highland Avenue, police said.
Next, “as officers were flooding the area attempting to locate her, Davis made her way towards Harper Avenue,” where she entered an unlocked vehicle in a parking lot, but as she tried to leave in it, the owner ran up, and Davis ran again, police said.
She tried to steal another vehicle in a parking lot down the street but could not, and instead climbed into a vehicle that had two people inside, police said. She told the people in the car that she had a gun and that they needed to drive her away, but they instead got out of the car, and she walked away.
Homeowners on Norwood Street also told police that someone had broken into their basement, but nothing was stolen.
Eventually, officers caught Davis at Alray Tire Center on Harper Avenue about 11:20 a.m. and charged her with resisting a public officer, attempted auto larceny, breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, three counts breaking and entering into an auto, and two counts attempted kidnapping. More charges may be filed. Her bond was set at $101,000 secured.
Davis has been previously convicted of shoplifting, a misdemeanor, according to court records.
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