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.