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Monday, June 24, 2013

Authorities Say Resident Faked Heart Attack To Avoid Being Booked Into Jail

   Law enforcement officials reported during the weekend that a local man faked a heart attack in an attempt to avoid being booked into the local jail.

   James Edward Rice, age 58, was arrested around 9:30 Saturday night at his Ethridge Redhill Road home in the wake of a domestic altercation.

Deputies with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to intervene in the altercation at the request of his son.

The son reported that he and Rice had been involved in a lengthy, heated argument regarding his deceased mother.

   Rice, who had reportedly been consuming alcohol, told deputies that they had also been arguing over a woman both he and his son were dating.

   As a result of the investigation, deputies placed Rice under arrest and transported him to the Lawrence County Detention Center. It was during booking, reports show, that Rice began complaining about pain in his chest.

Deputies indicate that he took two nitro glycerin pills, lay down on the floor, and began to hold his breath. Emergency medical personnel were summoned to the scene and transported Rice to Crockett Hospital for evaluation.

   According to reports medical tests revealed nothing was medically wrong with Rice. Doctors determined that he had not suffered a heart attack that night. As a result he was transported back to the detention center where he was booked without further incident.

   Rice was charged with one count of domestic assault and one count of filling a false police report. He is scheduled to appear in Lawrence County General Sessions Court on August 6, 2013.

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