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Woman arrested in Wyoming allowed to leave Utah hospital

Published August 20, 2013 4:54 pm

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POWELL, Wyo. • A woman wanted on more than 40 warrants in Utah and Wyoming is at large again after being mistakenly released from a Salt Lake City hospital.

Jamie Lindsay Cleghorn, wanted on allegations including identity theft and passing counterfeit money and checks, was captured by police Aug. 12 in Riverton, Wyo., after crashing her truck during a chase. The 34-year-old was flown to the University of Utah medical center and then released Wednesday.

Confusion among several different law enforcement agencies appears to have allowed her to walk free, the Powell (Wyoming) Tribune reported Tuesday.

Deputy Uintah County Attorney John Gothard said his office, which is prosecuting Cleghorn for forgery, theft, ID fraud and others alleged crimes in Utah, asked university police to monitor Cleghorn and notify them before she was released.

However, a Salt Lake City police spokeswoman, Sgt. Robin Heiden, said her agency was ultimately summoned to guard her. Heiden said officers left after learning that Cleghorn was immobile and wasn't wanted for anything violent. She said officers would have acted differently if Cleghorn was considered dangerous.

Cleghorn has been wanted in Uintah County since missing a July 16 court hearing. By the end of the month, she was in Powell, where she is accused of passing bad checks totaling nearly $1,100 at a Shopko.

Then on Aug. 12, a bank teller in Cody reported that Cleghorn was trying to cash a fake check. Police in Powell and Cody and deputies from Park and Hot Springs counties worked together to find her, leading to the chase.