Pur­ple woman on I-20 makes for col­or­ful ar­rest

The Covington News - - LOCAL - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

Deputies from the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice en­coun­tered some­thing you don’t see ev­ery day — a woman painted pur­ple run­ning into traf­fic on In­ter­state 20, and throw­ing things onto the in­ter­state.

Around 7:15 a.m. Mon­day, deputies were called to the in­ter­state be­tween the ex­its for Al­mon Road (exit 88) and Cov­ing­ton (exit 90) when mo­torists saw a woman, painted pur­ple, throw­ing things onto the road­way, run­ning into traf­fic and even, al­legedly, ly­ing down in the mid­dle of the lane.

The woman was later iden­ti­fied as 31-year-old Jennifer Lain­hart.

Deputies re­port­edly spoke with Lain­hart, ask­ing why she had painted “her whole body” pur­ple. She re­sponded that she was at­tempt­ing to con­ceal her iden­tity, ac­cord­ing to NCSO Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Cort­ney Mor­ri­son. Lain­hart, whose ad­dress is in Ten­nessee, had al­legedly thrown a suit- case and car seat onto the in­ter­state as well, and, as deputies con­tin­ued to ques­tion her, she be­came irate, laid down in the wet grass at mile marker 89, and be­gan curs­ing at the deputies as they tried to hand­cuff her.

How­ever, when they opened the door to a patrol car, she re­port­edly got into the ve­hi­cle with­out in­ci­dent. Deputies found no ev­i­dence of Lain­hart trav­el­ing with any­one, or that she was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol. She was ar­rested for dis­or­derly con­duct, and for the safety of her­self and other driv­ers on the in­ter­state.

Lain­hart was taken to the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, where she re­mains.


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