VALPARAISO — A 28-year-old Valparaiso woman accused of walking out of a local salon without paying and dragging an employee across the parking lot with her vehicle because she was unhappy with her nails said Monday afternoon she hopes to have the case dismissed.

"It's pending allegations," Charley Fowler said. 

Fowler, who works as a mental health therapist in Munster, said she has hired an attorney.

She was arrested on preliminary misdemeanor charges of theft and criminal recklessness, according to a police report.

The incident in question occurred shortly before noon Saturday at the Diamond Nails & Spa, 2505 LaPorte Ave. in Valparaiso.

Employees said she complained about being unhappy with the work done on her nails and yet refused an offer to have them redone, police said. As an employee was calling police, Fowler left the business without paying the $30 due and began backing out in her white BMW vehicle.

Fowler told police she had intended to wait for police in her vehicle, but decided to back out when employees began beating on her windows, police said. She said she drove at a slow speed and stopped in front of a nearby restaurant.

Police said a surveillance video shows one employee following Fowler out of the business. As she backed out, a male employee also left the business and began chasing her vehicle, police said. He was reportedly dragged by Fowler across the parking lot.

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