Woman arrested after causing disturbance

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   A 21-year-old woman was arrested after she was found to be intoxicated by police officers who had responded to a city store on the report of a shoplifter.
   Jenny Reed Mullins, of 130 Josiah Trail, was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, possession of Schedule VI narcotics (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also issued a summons charging her with shoplifting.
   According to police reports, officers were summoned to Wal-Mart, 731 W. Elk Ave., on a report of a shoplifting incident with a disorderly subject. "Upon arrival, I observed a female subject, later identified as Mrs. Jenny Reed Mullins, on the sidewalk of Wal-Mart yelling at the Loss Prevention employees of the store," states Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Joy Shoun in her report on the incident. "The employees stated that they had witnessed the female subject conceal merchandise from the store and when she was approached she became irate and tried to flee the store in a car driven by her parents."
   Employees of Wal-Mart also advised the officer that when Mullins entered the vehicle, her parents attempted to shut the vehicle's door to prevent the employees from speaking with their daughter, according to the report.
   At that time, Shoun asked Mullins to step back inside the store and to accompany the officer and store employees to the store's office to discuss the details of the incident. "While escorting Mrs. Mullins through the store she continued to be uncooperative to officers and Wal-Mart employees and began using profanity as she was walking through the store," Shoun states in her report.
   After Mullins was escorted to the back of the store and Shoun began to speak with her about the incident, the officer noticed signs that Mullins was intoxicated. "While speaking with Mrs. Mullins she was very slow to respond to simple questions, her speech was slowed and deliberate, and she had glassy eyes," Shoun states in her report.
   Employees from Wal-Mart advised the officer that they had observed Mullins concealing a pack of razors and that she had also shoplifted two disposable cameras and two packages of developed photographs.
   After the stolen items were retrieved, Mullins continued to be disorderly to the officer and the store employees. "She began yelling at employees and continued using obscenities in the store to refer to the employees ... which disrupted other shoppers in the store as well as other store employees," Shoun states in her report. "She also used obscene gestures when her photograph was obtained for Wal-Mart records by giving the employees the middle finger."
   During a search of Mullins' purse, a pipe with black residue and a plastic bag containing marijuana was found.
   Shoun then took Mullins into custody and charged her with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, possession of Schedule VI narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also issued a summons for shoplifting.
   As the officer was escorting Mullins back through the store in order to transport her to the Carter County Jail, Mullins once again became disorderly and yelled obscenities at nearby Wal-Mart employees, according to Shoun's report.
   While being transported to the Carter County Jail, Mullins passed out in the back of Shoun's police cruiser and had to be awakened in order to exit the vehicle, according to Shoun's report.
   Mullins is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Jan. 26 on the charge of shoplifting. She is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Feb. 10 to answer to the other charges.