By Michael R. Moser
A Crossville Police officer was sent to the emergency room as a matter of routine after he was stuck by a syringe while attempting to search a theft suspect early Sunday morning.
Kristin Carol Sherrill, 24, 2691 Peavine Rd., is charged with felony aggravated assault, resisting arrest, theft of property, possession of hydrocodone, a schedule II drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
City police were dispatched to a residence on East Adams St. shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday on a complaint of a theft taking place with the suspect still on the property, according to Ptl. Camden Davis' report.
Davis and other officers responded to the call and met with Jeff Patton of Diane St. who reported that a woman had taken his wallet and contents, including personal identification, $66 in cash and food stamp card, and had also taken his medication. The woman fled to a bathroom in the house and refused to come out.
When officers arrived, the bathroom door was open and the suspect was sitting on the floor inside the room. She was taken from the house to the front yard for questioning and during the resulting search for weapons, Davis alleged that the suspect grabbed his hand and forced it against an object in her pocket.
After a brief struggle, the suspect was placed under control and in custody, the report states, and it was then that a needle, minus the protective cap, and a tourniquet were found in the woman's pocket.
The officer reported the piercing by the needle to a supervisor who advised Davis that he and the suspect should go to Cumberland Medical Center's emergency room for a blood test. After blood samples were taken from both, Sherrill was taken to the Justice Center and booked on the charges.