Woman arrested after chase

A woman led police on a high-speed chase through Greenwood and the southside this week after she was suspected of attempting to shoplift.

Brooke Goeken, 32, of Seymour, was arrested on charges of criminal recklessness, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting law enforcement and reckless driving. Goeken was also wanted on a warrant in another county.

A man who police said helped distract an officer while Goeken fled, Travis Luedeman, 38, of Norman, was arrested on a charge of resisting law enforcement.

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A manager at Beauty Brand at 759 U.S. 31 called police at about 5 p.m. Monday after he suspected Goeken of putting store items into a large purse she was carrying. The manager asked for Goeken and Luedeman, the man she was with, to be removed from the store, a Greenwood Police Department report said.

When the officer arrived at the store, Goeken went into the restroom. When Goeken exited the restroom, she refused to identify herself to the officer. Items that she had been suspected of taking off the shelves were found in the restroom, the report said.

The officer spoke to Goeken and Luedeman outside the store. While the officer was trying to contact a police dispatcher, they both ran away in different directions and ignored commands to stop, the report said.

Goeken got into a car and drove off, while Luedeman ran away on foot, with the officer chasing him, the report said.

Other officers found Goeken driving extremely fast going north on U.S. 31 and followed her north of County Line Road to a parking lot in Marion County. When Goeken again drove away, she sideswiped a car at the intersection of Hardegan Street and U.S. 31. the report said.

Officers eventually caught up with Goeken on Southport Road near Madison Avenue, the report said.

Goeken, 167 Cherry Circle Drive, and Luedeman, 11212 U.S. 50 West, were arrested and taken to Johnson County jail. Goeken was held on $5,600 bond. Luedeman was held on $1,000 bond.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.