Woman faces multiple charges after shoplifting incidentFROM STAFF REPORTS
A shoplifting suspect rang up a number of charges Saturday, including escape, after Elizabethton Police Department Sgt. Jack Ramsey was called to Cato's Specialty Store, 724 W. Elk Ave., to investigate an incident.
Sgt. Ramsey arrived at Cato's to find that store manager Sharon Hyder had a female subject in custody. The suspect, identified as Amber Layne Markland, 24, 207 E. Mill St., was wearing a belt with a Cato's price tag on it, and was unsteady on her feet. Markland was escorted to the back of the store for questioning, at which time she told the officer she was nauseous and needed to throw up.
Sgt. Ramsey escorted her to the bathroom and kept her under watch five to eight minutes, during which time she did not throw up. He also attempted to learn her identity. The suspect first gave her name as Jennifer Wright, which the officer was unable to confirm. Markland then told the officer that Wright was her married name, and gave the officer her maiden name of Markland, through which she was identified.
During questioning, Markland claimed to be having an asthma attack and paramedics were called to the scene. While waiting on their arrival, the officer observed Markland attempt to conceal several items of underclothing and jewelry behind the toilet.
According to Sgt. Ramsey, as he attempted to pull her away from the toilet, she tried to flush an item that had been concealed. She also became combative and was taken to the ground, according to the report. When she continued to resist, the officer used a chemical agent to subdue her.
The officer recovered a Tic-Tac box containing several pills, which Markland allegedly attempted to flush. The pill box was taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital Emergency Room where the pills were identified as six Soma -- a Schedule IV drug -- and several Tic-Tacs.
Markland was transported to Carter County Jail, where, as Sgt. Ramsey was attempting to give the judicial commissioner the warrants he had in hand, Markland -- still handcuffed -- took advantage of the officer's temporary distraction and ran out the ground-level door leading into the parking lot. She was apprehended a short distance away by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Eric Buck and returned to the jail.
While being processed into jail, Deputy Chad Grindstaff advised Sgt. Ramsey that he recognized the suspect as Amber Layne Markland, not Jennifer Markland or Jennifer Wright. Officers checked the jail file and fingerprints and confirmed Markland's identity. Sgt. Ramsey then checked with the sheriff's department dispatcher and found that Markland was wanted by the county on two capiases, a violation of probation and an arrest warrant.
Sgt. Ramsey retrieved the warrants and served them on her, as well as warrants charging her with public intoxication, criminal impersonation, possession of Schedule IV, resisting arrest, theft under $500, and escape. She also was charged by the store manager with shoplifting.
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