Woman arrested after altering prescription

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com
A Biltmore woman was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with forgery after she attempted to get a prescription filled which according to police reports she had altered.
Amy Michelle Simpson, 27, of 299 Roosevelt Ave., was taken into custody just before 3 p.m. on Thursday by Elizabethton Police Department Sgt. Roger Crowe after the officer was alerted by pharmacy staff that Simpson was there.
According to reports, EPD Sgt. Matt Bailey was dispatched to the Rite Aid Pharmacy located at 507 W. Elk Ave. Wednesday evening on a report of a forgery. Upon the officer's arrival, he spoke with a female employee of the pharmacy who reported to him that a female subject had dropped off a prescription which appeared to have been altered.
"According to (the witness) she noticed that the prescription had been traced over and the amount of the pills had been changed," Bailey states in his report. "(She) advised that she had called the physician that wrote the prescription, Dr. (James) Shipley, and he advised that he had not written it for that amount."
According to reports, the prescription had been altered from the 20 tablets of Lortab 5mg which it had been originally written for to 120 tablets of the drug. The female subject who had dropped off the prescription had left the store prior to the officer's arrival.
Officers were again notified by Rite Aid staff at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Thursday that the female subject who had dropped off the prescription was returning to pick it up. At 3 p.m. officers were notified that the subject was at the pharmacy's drive-thru window in a black Toyota Truck.
Crowe along with EPD Capt. Rusty Verran and Ptl. Michael McIntosh responded to the pharmacy and blocked the suspected vehicle in at the drive-thru window to prevent the subject from leaving the scene.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Simpson, was taken into custody and charged with forgery. According to reports, after Simpson was read her Miranda Rights, she admitted that she had altered the prescription written by Shipley.