Shoplifting suspect who led police on a brief two-state pursuit turned himself in

LEBANON - Police broke off a pursuit that crossed the state line into Vermont earlier this month; however, the suspect turned himself in to authorities a couple of days later, the Lebanon Police Department said today in a  press release.

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    Lebanon Police Officers responded to Hannaford Supermarket for a report of a male shoplifter on the afternoon of December 13th, according to the release, which said that the male, who fled the store on foot, was later seen getting into a Ford pickup truck.

    Minutes later, officers spotted the vehicle just down the road from the store and attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop.

    The vehicle failed to stop, and began driving recklessly on Route 12A, swerving in and out of traffic, running red lights, and striking another motor vehicle on the on-ramp to Interstate 89 North.

    The driver crossed over the Connecticut River bridge into Vermont where Lebanon Police terminated the vehicle pursuit.

    Information about the vehicle was passed along to Vermont police agencies and surveillance video from Hannaford later identified the suspect as Andrew Lohmann, a 32-year-old male who resides in West Lebanon, police said.

    An arrest warrant was issued for Lohmann and on December 15th Lohmann arrived at the Lebanon Police Department and turned himself in.

    Lohmann was charged with theft by unauthorized taking, disobeying an officer, conduct after an accident, and reckless operation before he was released on personal recognizance bail with a citation to appear in Lebanon District Court date on February 11, 2019.

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