A Tifton man was arrested Thursday afternoon for shoplifting at Walmart, which resulted in him trying to flee from police.
According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, officer Joyce Clark reported that at 2:34 p.m., she was sent to Walmart on Highway 82 West in reference to shoplifting. While en route, dispatch said the white male offender, who was wearing a black jacket and black hat, was still inside the store and had concealed items underneath his jacket.
Clark said upon her arrival, a woman with loss prevention was exiting the grocery exit walking behind a white male fitting the description and pointing at him, saying, “This is him.”
Clark told the offender to stop, but he continued to walk toward a black SUV truck, yelling loudly for her to leave him alone. She told him to stop several more times, but he attempted to enter into his SUV, still yelling for her to get away from him. She advised for him to stop due to the fact that Walmart had him on video shoplifting.
The offender opened the driver side door, almost striking Clark. She again told him to stop, and at that time, she removed her pepper spray from her belt and sprayed the offender near his face. She said he put the vehicle in reverse with the door still open, almost striking her. He proceeded out of the parking area, attempting to head northward across the parking lot.
Clark told dispatch she would need other officers en route to assist her. Sgt. Dorminey McCrae arrived immediately. The offender proceeded to back up almost striking McCrae, she said.
McCrae went after the offender in his patrol car. He reported he pulled in front of the offender, blocking him in, and the offender put his vehicle in drive and came toward him, nearly striking the driver side of his patrol vehicle. The offender stopped approximately 1 foot away from McCrae’s vehicle and placed his vehicle in reverse, which McCrae also blocked. McCrae told Clark to draw her service weapon.
Clark pointed it at the offender through the front windshield and ordered loudly for the offender to stop. She said he proceeded toward her slightly and then stopped the vehicle. McCrae ordered the offender from the vehicle, but he refused to exit. McCrae and Clark removed him from the vehicle, placing him on the ground.
While searching the offender, Gay found a white powdery substance in a twisted plastic wrap, which later tested positive for cocaine. This was found in the offender’s back right pocket in a leather card holder. The offender was then transported to the Tift County Sheriff’s Office.
A witness reported she was walking behind the offender’s vehicle when he exited the parking space quickly. She said she got pepper spray in her right eye. Emergency Medical Services was called for the witness.
The offender, Jason Howard Boshart, 41, of Tifton was charged with theft by shoplifting, possession of cocaine and two counts of obstruction of officer with force.
The report states he had the following items in his possession: car mirror, Despicable Me 2 DVD, yellow Starter hat, gray Sonic Weld cap, black Sonic Weld cap, black phone case with clip, Disney Planes DVD, white outlet adapter and black Nokia Lumnia phone touchscreen.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.