HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — A Ventnor man was arrested Wednesday after a foot chase through the Hamilton Mall that started when he attempted to steal from Sears, police said.

Police arrived at the store at 5:55 p.m. for a report of a shoplifting in progress, police said.

The investigation revealed Michael Donnally, 39, stole a pair of boots, police said. While attempting to flee, he assaulted a loss-prevention associate, police said.

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Sgt. Wade Smith pursued Donnally on foot through the mall and into the parking lot. Donnally was eventually stopped and taken into custody.

During the foot pursuit, Officer Kristi Ware responded to the parking lot to assist. Ware was struck while exiting her patrol vehicle by an uninvolved motorist. She was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, for evaluation.

Donnally was transported by Township of Hamilton Rescue and AtlantiCare paramedics after it was determined he ingested a controlled dangerous substance during the pursuit, police said.

In addition to shoplifting, robbery and resisting arrest, Donnally was charged with aggravated assault, tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Donnally was turned over to the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office at the hospital, pending transfer to the Atlantic County jail for Wednesday’s charges and other outstanding warrants.

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Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.

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