Published: 3:29 pm, Thu. Apr. 12th, 2018Updated: 3:26 pm
A Carlsbad woman was arrested Wednesday for violating the conditions of her release after she failed to appear in Artesia Magistrate Court to answer to charges of escape from jail, attempted taking of a motor vehicle, and evading police.
As was reported in the March 14 edition of the Daily Press, 36-year-old Miriam McClane of Carlsbad was in the process of being transported to Artesia General Hospital by Artesia Police Department officers around 11:40 a.m. March 6 after she swallowed a pen while incarcerated in the Artesia Detention Center.
McClane’s handcuffs and shackles were removed for treatment, and after being escorted back to her hospital room by AGH staff, she bolted out an open door and across the parking lot.
Officers spotted McClane running southbound through the AGH lot, eventually ducking behind a parked Chevrolet Tahoe. The vehicle alarm was activated, and officers could see McClane attempting to gain entry to the vehicle.
According to the report, as the officer approached, McClane pulled her arm back as if to strike. A hospital employee was able to grab her arm and restrain her until the officer could subdue her.
McClane was subsequently charged with escape from jail, attempted unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. She was scheduled to appear Wednesday for preliminary examination in Artesia Magistrate Court. When she did not show, a bench warrant was issued, and McClane was again arrested, this time on an added charge of violating the conditions of her release.
She is scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. Friday in magistrate court.
On Feb. 6, McClane was arrested for shoplifting ($250 or less) and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and on Feb. 19, she was again arrested for shoplifting (over $250 but less than $500).
She was slated to appear Wednesday for preliminary examination in Carlsbad Magistrate Court for the first incident and has been scheduled for a 2 p.m. May 31 pre-trial hearing on the second.