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Couple arrested after woman tries to hide man's whereabouts

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dyersburg Police arrested a man and a woman at the Colonial Inn in Dyersburg after the man ran from them and the female later tried to hide his whereabouts.

James Franklin, 31, and Erica Epperson, 29, 501 Forshee St., Dyersburg, Tenn., were arrested after Franklin ran from officers and was later found in a hotel room hiding under a mattress.

Franklin's run-in with the law began when he failed to appear in Dyersburg City Court in November to take a drug screen. He was previously on probation after being charged with possession of meth and marijuana. A warrant for his arrest was issued in November after his failure to appear. On New Year's Eve, Dyersburg police officers saw Franklin in the parking lot of the Colonial Inn on Highway 51 Bypass and detained him as they performed a warrants check. While waiting for dispatch to come back with his information Franklin took off running. A short time later on Jan. 1, officers observed through the window Franklin lying on a bed in room 210 of the Colonial Inn. Officers knocked on the door, but could not get anyone to answer. After obtaining a key from motel management, officers began entering the room when they were met by Epperson. She gave them consent to search the room and reportedly stated to them she had not seen Franklin because she had been asleep. Franklin was then found underneath a mattress in a hollow space in the frame.

Officers also found numerous items used in the production of meth, including two bottles of acid, lithium batteries and a shake bottle.

Franklin was charged with initiating methamphetamine manufacture, and resisting, stop, frisk, halt. Epperson was charged with felony false report.

Both suspects are currently being held in the Dyer County Jail and are scheduled to appear today in Dyersburg City Court.

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Put them away for ever & a day!

-- Posted by chief_ty20 on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 9:01 AM

Yea, Ok, Time served, fine and cost.. back on West State only to miss payments, Miss visits and fail testing. Issue violation probation warrants only to be arrested again. run again, hide again, get caught again.. and over and over and over

-- Posted by time2change on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 10:36 AM

yup, time2change, that's the way our d. a. handles things...or he says he has no authority to enforce laws, especially the ones that govern how, when, where and why elected officials sport their campaign literature and advertisements!

-- Posted by closerlook on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 11:48 AM

"hiding under a mattress"? Like police wouldn't notice or see that? lmao!

-- Posted by Dude2010 on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 1:07 PM

Bad boys,bad boys-what you gonna do when they come for you.(Hide under a mattress?)

-- Posted by hairless on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 1:34 PM

LOL, well you have to give the idiot credit, at least he had a pretty original idea when it came to picking his hiding spot. How many places can you hide in a hotel room?

-- Posted by liveshere on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 3:24 PM

Bulldoze the inn down.....it attracts nothing but rats....

-- Posted by HiredGun on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 7:11 PM

haha! skanklin franklin! wonder what you think of your ol' 'country boy' now? (inside joke - - btw, you know who you are if you're reading this.) And to think tht this loser actually used to somehow believe he was better than some ppl!?! OMG what a pathetic punk!!!

-- Posted by SoConcerned on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 9:17 PM

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