Zellers brass support store staffer

Calgary Police investigate the scene where a male responsible for numerous hit-and-runs and a...

Calgary Police investigate the scene where a male responsible for numerous hit-and-runs and a robbery was ran off the road by police at 16th ave and Barlow Trail in NE Calgary, Alta. on Nov. 4, 2012. (QMI Agency/STUART DRYDEN)

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WINNIPEG - Corporate brass stand behind a Zellers employee who risked her life trying to stop a suspected shoplifter who then fled in a hit-and-run spree.

But the actions of the sales associate, though appreciated, weren't advocated by Tiffany Bourre, a spokeswoman for Zellers' parent company, HBC.

"She had certainly good intentions but we wouldn't want any associate put in harm's way," Bourre said.

On Sunday night, the staffer followed a shoplifting suspect outside the Sunridge Zellers store.

While police said she entered the suspect's car in the parking lot to stop his escape by grabbing his keys, Bourre said the woman "fell into the vehicle."

The suspect sped off, hitting at least three vehicles, including one with an eight-year-old inside and eventually travelled the wrong way down 36 St. N.E.

Police were able to ram and halt the fleeing car. The woman was rescued and no one was hurt.

Bourre said she believed the woman was undergoing whatever counselling was deemed necessary.

Darryl Stephen Hannaford, 32, is charged with robbery, kidnapping, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, possession of stolen property, failing to stop for police, hit and run, dangerous operation of a vehicle, driving an uninsured vehicle, operating an unregistered vehicle and operating a vehicle without a licence in connection with the incident.


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