A Columbus woman was arrested Wednesday after a police chase.

Stevie Hammond Badger; photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.

Stevie Hammond Badger; photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.

Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman, says that the chase came about after officers were called to Best Buy on North National Road at approximately 1 p.m. on a report of a woman fleeing with stolen merchandise. As police arrived, the woman was allegedly driving away with over $1,600 worth of video games. Harris says the woman, 31-year-old Stevie N. Hammond Badger, refused to pull over. At one point he says that Hammond Badger drove through two yards in an effort to evade officers. Police ultimately ended the pursuit after several minutes out of concern for public safety.

During a follow up investigation, officers reportedly found Hammond Badger at her home in the 1000 block of Kelli Drive later the same afternoon. Harris says that she was arrested and placed on a 48-hour hold preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle, Theft with a Previous Conviction and Driving while Suspended with Prior Conviction.