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Utah fugitive is once again behind bars

Jamie Cleghorn Jamie Cleghorn Photo courtesy Davis County Sheriff's Office

A woman wanted on dozens of warrants in Utah, Alabama and Wyoming is back in police custody.

Jamie Cleghorn, 34, was recaptured Monday by Layton, Utah, police. Layton Police Sgt. Alex Davis said a detective was tipped off by an anonymous citizen that Cleghorn was in the area.

Davis said that around 10:30 a.m., police found Cleghorn in West Point, Utah. He said Cleghorn was concealed beneath a blanket in the back seat of a vehicle being driven by her husband, Adam Wheeler.

“Wheeler had previously been contacted regarding her whereabouts and had knowledge that Cleghorn was a wanted fugitive,” Davis said in a prepared statement. Cleghorn was booked into the Davis County Jail in Farmington, Utah to await a court appearance.

Cleghorn has been sought by law enforcement since missing a July 16 court appearance in Vernal, Utah. Cleghorn apparently came to Wyoming while at large. Powell police say Cleghorn used bogus checks to defraud Shopko out of more than $1,000 worth of merchandise on July 30 and 31.

Some 42 warrants were out for Cleghorn’s arrest when an alert Cody bank teller caught her trying to cash an unauthorized check on Aug. 12. Local law enforcement quickly determined the woman was Cleghorn and notified other agencies of the sighting. Police near Thermopolis located Cleghorn, but she led law enforcement on a lengthy chase that ended only when she wrecked her car in Riverton.

Cleghorn had complained of injuries in the crash and was airlifted to Salt Lake City for treatment; apparently, there was some belief she’d been partially paralyzed. However, on Aug. 14 — with no law enforcement agency having taken a clear responsibility to watch over her — Cleghorn was allowed to walk out of the University of Utah medical center and go back on the lam.

Monday’s arrest came about 12 days after walking out of the Salt Lake City hospital.

Sgt. Davis with Layton police said his agency is asking local prosecutors to consider filing a criminal charge of obstruction of justice against Wheeler.

Among the pending charges against Cleghorn are allegations of identity theft, passing counterfeit money and checks and possessing drugs.

1 comment

  • posted by joanna

    November 04, 2013 11:15 pm

    Jamie cleghorn is my sister. I'm sorry to anyone she may have hurt. But she has a lot of mental problems caused from the death of first our brother. LCPL Richard E Lindsay was a marine. He came home after 4 years in Irac. While serving his country his daughter was born, an he missed it an didn't get to meat her until she was three months old. Because of that he got out of the service to b with his family. About a year an four months after coming home, he took a job with Jamie driving an 18wheeler. They left early that morning. Jamie was in the lead truck with Richard in his truck behind her. He had to slow down because a car pulled out in front of him. He radieoed to Jamie to go on he would catch up. He then told her the car had turned an he was coming to catch up. After a few mins she started trying to radio him but he wouldn't answer so she turned around to look for him. Well she found him a few miles down he road. He had took a curb to fast an flipped his truck breaking his neck. She had to watch him die an see him cry. She blamed herself. And still does and she hasn't been the same sence .

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