41-year-old James Swift was charged with reckless endangerment, theft of merchandise, and driving on a suspended license when he was caught by loss prevention in Walmart for changing tags on higher-priced items with lower-priced ones, then almost striking a woman while driving away.
On July 11th, MJPD Officer Fulton was patrolling the parking lot of Walmart located at 300 Pleasant Grove Road when a loss prevention employee flagged him down. The employee, Patrick Rush, stated that he observed the defendant, James Swift, put scan tags with cheaper values on more expensive items.
He did so at the self-checkout counter and when he tried walking away Rush approached him. When Rush asked him about he handed Rush the bag and said, “Don’t call the police” and ran from the store. After getting into his vehicle, he drove around the parking lot at high rates of speed almost hitting a woman that Officer Fulton observed.
The report stated she was forced to run out of the way of the vehicle to not get hit. Officer Fulton and a back officer cornered Swift and conducted a traffic stop. The officer’s computer check showed that Swift’s license was suspended in Sumner County last year for failure to appear. The value of the merchandise was $84.85.
James Swift was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, theft of merchandise, and driving on suspended. His bond was set at $12,500.