CORVALLIS — An Albany woman accused of stealing a cart-full of groceries from a Corvallis supermarket shortly after her release from jail on other charges resolved both cases with a plea deal on Monday.
Sierra Dawn McDaniel, 29, was arrested on the afternoon of Sept. 1 after allegedly leading police on a chase through Corvallis and Philomath in her red 1993 Honda Civic, which had been reported as driving recklessly through Corvallis streets. She was booked into the Benton County Jail on two felony counts of attempting to elude police, two misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and one misdemeanor count of interfering with a peace officer.
About 6 o’clock that night, police were called to the Corvallis Fred Meyer store for a shoplifting complaint. An employee reported that a woman had loaded $250 worth of merchandise into a shopping cart, walked to an empty checkout line, packed the items into reusable bags and left the store without paying.
The employee said that when he confronted the woman in the parking lot, she said, “I don’t have time for this,” and fled the scene in a red Honda later identified as McDaniel’s car. McDaniel was arrested a few days later on a misdemeanor charge of second-degree theft.
In Benton County Circuit Court on Monday, McDaniel pleaded guilty to one count of reckless driving and the theft charge. All other charges in the case were dropped as part of the plea agreement with prosecutors.
On the reckless driving charge, McDaniel agreed to pay the minimum fine allowed by statute and to have her driver’s license suspended for 90 days.
On the theft charge, she entered a diversion agreement with the Benton County District Attorney’s Office that requires her to pay $350 in fees, perform 40 hours of community service, complete an online theft and consumer awareness course and obey all laws. If she fails to complete all requirements within a 180-day period, she could be brought back to court for further sentencing.
McDaniel declined to make a statement in court on Monday, but defense attorney John C. Rich offered an explanation on her behalf.
Rich told Senior Judge David Connell that his client had been suffering from a previously undiagnosed kidney condition at the time of the incident that prevented her from thinking clearly, but that she is now receiving treatment for the problem.
Deputy Benton County District Attorney Kareem Walcott represented the state.