SUV smashes row of shopping carts

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A woman accused of driving a sport utility vehicle into a row of shopping carts faces felony charges of criminal mischief and assault plus misdemeanor reckless driving.

Witnesses tell police that 21-year-old Tiana Vonmergl-Grote on Saturday night raced her SUV on Northern Lights Boulevard in Anchorage and lost control as she tried to change lanes.

The SUV jumped the curb, entered a Fred Meyer store parking lot, struck a row of shopping carts and flipped.

Police found Vonmergl-Grote and two passengers hiding in the store bathroom.

Twenty-year-old passenger Christopher Shively was charged with helping Vonmergl-Grote escape, resisting arrest and underage drinking.

The shopping carts are valued at $150 to $300 each.

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