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Two Marion County Sheriff’s Officers were treated for injuries they sustained in attempting to restrain a female prisoner earlier this month.
According to probable cause affidavits filed Friday, a Little River County woman was arrested Jan. 1 after a Marion County deputy responded to a Yellville motel where 30-year-old Markie Leann Theime reportedly answered the door clad in a towel.
The deputy was responding to a report of a suspicious person who had just pulled up at the motel. While en route, the deputy was advised of an additional call from the owner of the vehicle Theime was believed to be driving. The owner reported his vehicle had been taken from outside a Yellville gas station while he was inside.
At the motel, the deputy spoke with a man who advised he had observed the reported missing vehicle pull behind his truck. When he asked the female driver if she needed help with her car, she allegedly said the vehicle was not hers. Following the directions the man provided, the deputy knocked on the door of room #112, and a female asked who was there. After identifying himself, Theime allegedly answered the door in the towel.
Theime retreated to the bathroom to dress to the extent she had to be asked to exit. When she did, she reportedly told the deputy the vehicle she was traveling in belonged to her father. She was described as “not making much sense and acting erratically.” A Flippin Police officer arrived on the scene, with Theime placed in his patrol unit, while the deputy went to speak with the owner of the vehicle the woman had been driving.
The owner said he knew the woman and denied her request earlier that day to use his car. He said when he was in the gas station, he passed Theime. When he exited the business, his vehicle was gone.
A search of the contents of Theime’s backpack allegedly revealed a glass pipe with a burnt crystal residue consistent with methamphetamine.
Theime has been charged with a felony count of possession of drug paraphernalia and a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a vehicle, with bond set at $5,000.
That evening, officers were reportedly attempting to move Theime within the Marion County Detention Center when she became agitated and began to fight with them.
While attempting to place her in a restraint chair, she allegedly hit and kicked the officers, injuring them both.
The following morning, Theime reportedly broke a sprinkler head causing a flood in her cell and the surrounding hall.
Later that morning as attempts were made to move her again, Theime allegedly charged a deputy, bit two officers and head butted one causing his head to bleed. Two of the officers were taken to North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison for treatment.
She now faces five felony counts of aggravated assault on a corrections law enforcement officer and one felony count of impairing operation of a vital public facility – violent behavior or substantial disruption, as well as a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief. Bond on these charges was set at $20,000.
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