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Woman in high speed chase on the lam again after Salt Lake hospital allowed her to go
Aug 21, 2013 - From staff and wire reports
A woman who led police on a high-speed chase that ended with a damaging wreck in Riverton is at large again after being released mistakenly from a Salt Lake City hospital.
She is being sought on more than 40 warrants in Utah and Wyoming
Jamie Lindsay Cleghorn, wanted on allegations including identity theft and passing counterfeit money and checks, was captured by police Aug. 12 in Riverton after crashing her truck during a chase. The truck caused significant damage to the Bott Monument business premises in west Riverton.
After the crash, the 34-year-old was flown to the University of Utah medical center but released inadvertently on Aug. 14.
Confusion among several different law enforcement agencies appears to have allowed her to walk free.
Deputy Uintah County (Utah) Attorney John Gothard said his office, which is prosecuting Cleghorn, asked university police to monitor Cleghorn and notify them before she was released.
However, a Salt Lake police spokeswoman, Sgt. Robin Heiden, said her agency ultimately was 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's she's accused of passing bad checks totaling nearly $1,100 at 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.
The chase began in Thermopolis and continued through the Wind River Canyon, Shoshoni and downtown Riverton as speeds of at least 80 mph before Cleghorn wrecked the truck.