By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - A Lenore resident was arrested twice in the same day by officers with both the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department and the Williamson Police Department.
Sarah Ellen Williams, 30, was first arrested by sheriff’s Deputy Thomas on charges of petit larceny, public intoxication, fleeing-no vehicle and three counts of obstruction.
Thomas was sent to a residence on Watkins Street in Williamson for a disturbance call. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the defendant in the street, and she reportedly fled on foot behind a wooden building. She was ordered to stop, but allegedlly refused to comply with the officer’s command. Thomas caught her after a brief foot chase and attempted to place Williams in custody, according to the police report.
The defendant allegedly became combative and refused to place her hands behind her back. Williamson Patrolmen J. Marcum and J. Tincher soon arrived and assisted Thomas in handcuffing Williams. When questioned as to how much alcohol she had consumed, Williams allegedly told officers that she had been drinking all evening. After being detained, Williams allegedly managed to maneuver her hands, which were handcuffed, to the front of her body and attempted once more to flee. In the process of trying to subdue her, Patrolman Marcum suffered a scratch on the arm, causing redness and swelling.
The officers then spoke to the victim, Raymond Cope, who originally had called Mingo County 911 to report a theft. Cope told police the defendant had stolen his medication, cigarettes and a lighter, valued at a total of less than a thousand dollars.
Williams was taken to Williamson Memorial Hospital by Deputy Thomas for urine and blood toxicology testing. While there, Williams once again became agitated and combative, according to the police report. Patrolman Tincher was dispatched to help medical personnel with the prisoner.
Tincher was told that the defendant allegedly spit in the face of one of the nurses and had also kicked her. She then allegedly kicked another nurse and struck her in the arm, causing a contusion. Williams allegedly would not stop yelling and cursing, and was screaming that she “was going to sue the hospital and tell everyone that all the nurses and officers had raped her.”
When arrested on the new charges of escape from custody, disorderly conduct, two counts each of assault and battery of the two nurses, as well as an additional count of battery on a police officer, Williams made one last attempt to escape and slipped the handcuffs off her wrists and tried to run away. Once inside the police cruiser, the irate female continued to yell, scream and spit the entire way to the Southwestern Regional Jail.
The defendant was arraigned before Mingo County Senior Status Magistrate Kim Blair.