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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Two South Carolina residents wanted for shoplifting led police on a high-speed chase through Brunswick County Monday afternoon.

Southport Police say they got a call around 2:35 p.m. about two people shoplifting from customers at Walmart. When they arrived, police tried to confront Antonio Michael Rago and Elizabeth Ashley Ventiquattro, but the two got into their SUV. That’s when police say the suspects tried to run over one officer and ram the car of another. Officers were able to get out of the way, but the suspects took off.

Officers chased the two through Boiling Spring Lakes and into Bolivia eventually ending up on Old Ocean Highway. Police say the two crashed into two parked cars at a service station. They found hypodermic needles on both suspects.

Rago and Ventiquattro were taken to the hospital, treated and released.

They are charged with larceny from a person, possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to flee and elude from a law enforcement officer, two counts assault with a deadly weapon and financial debit card fraud.

Police say Ventiquattro is also charged with identity theft and false pretense. They say she used a woman’s card to purchase a car.

Police say there could be more charges filed soon. They believe these suspects were also responsible for stealing a purse from a woman Saturday.


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