Police arrested a Bloomington woman Wednesday in the College Mall parking lot following a car chase after she allegedly threatened her ex-girlfriend and smeared bananas on her car.
Bloomington Police Department received a call around 6:30 p.m. in reference to a harassment. The caller, 38, was headed east from East Winslow Road and Acadia Court and said the suspect, her ex-girlfriend Allison Thomas, was following her in a green Oldsmobile Alero, Sgt. Dana Cole said.
Thomas was arrested and charged with criminal recklessness and battery with a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct, possession of a legend drug, intimidation and leaving the scene of an accident. The victim experienced no injuries, according to police reports.
While in pursuit, police saw Thomas hit the victim’s car, a black Dodge Stratus. The victim soon pulled into the mall parking lot from South Clarizz Boulevard and the suspect followed. Police said officers arrived at the mall around the same time as the two and began interviews.
The victim told officers she and Thomas had been in a relationship for several years and had been living with Thomas’s mother some of that time. Recently, the two had broken up, and the victim moved in with a friend. Thomas had been provoking and starting arguments with the victim ever since, Cole said.
Earlier in the day, Thomas was in the victim’s driveway asking to talk to her. The victim, who had been driving her friend’s car recently, started to leave for work. As she was leaving, police said Thomas allegedly smeared bananas on the car and yelled at the victim.
Thomas then allegedly followed the victim, trying to pull up next to her at every stoplight. The victim told officers Thomas was also making threats, saying she would beat her up if she didn’t stop the car.
Officers then spoke to Thomas, who said she thought the two were going to a park. Her story was sporadic and did not match up with the victim’s timeline, Cole said.
After conducting interviews, officers arrested Thomas and searched her car. Inside, they found a large knife behind the driver’s seat, a baseball bat behind the passenger’s seat and a nail hammer on the passenger side floor. They also found a phone charger, a bottle of scotch and a banana, Cole said.
While her car was being searched, officers said, Thomas continued to yell and scream at the victim. The officers also searched Thomas and found four Xanax pills.
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