Franklin Woman Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Car, Dragging Owner Along City Street

May 8, 2014
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Franklin City Police have charged a woman who allegedly stole another woman’s car, reportedly dragging the second woman along a city street with the vehicle as she attempted to leave the scene.

Police arrested 28 year-old Rachael Shotts, of Franklin, on Tuesday in connection with an April 28 incident they say began at a residence on the 1400-block of Chestnut Street.

The owner of the vehicle in question says Shotts began hitting her as she attempted to enter her car, and after a lengthy struggle managed to get the vehicle’s keys.  As the vehicle began to move, the owner apparently reached inside the open driver’s door to prevent the theft.  Police say Shotts began to drive away with the car’s owner being dragged by the vehicle.  According to a police report, the open door hit two parked cars and slammed back against the vehicle owner’s head.  The woman who was being dragged was thrown free from the vehicle when it made a turn onto 14th Street.  Police say the car then drove away in the direction of Liberty Street.

Shotts has been charged with the theft of a motor vehicle, robbery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and two counts of causing damage to another vehicle.  She was lodged in the Venango County Jail on $50,000 bond.

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