DYERSBURG, Tenn. — Dyersburg police arrested a woman for who falsely claimed a child had been abducted from a local bank.
Police responded to Security Bank in the 1700 block of Hwy. 51 Bypass Thursday around 1:15 in reference to child abduction.
The woman who called said she saw a man abduct a child and that he was leaving with the child in a van, according to the Dyersburg Police Facebook page.
Multiple police officers responded. The van matching the description was seen leaving the bank.
Officers conducted a traffic stop near Parker Plaza, where the driver was detained.
Only one person was in the van, according to the Facebook post.
Officers located the woman who reported the alleged abduction.
She was identified as Jamie Mara, 39, of Dyersburg. Mara saw she saw the man abduct the child, and was following him.
She was given a series of tests by an officer trained in drug abuse prevention, the post said.
Officers determined Mara was under the influence of a drug and was hallucinating. She was arrested for public intoxication and filing a false report, a felony.
She was jailed pending action by Dyersburg City Court, the post said.
The driver of the van was released from the traffic stop.
Dyersburg Police Chief Steve Isbell released the following statement. “We are thankful that a child was not abducted, but Mara’s actions resulted in a traumatic experience for an innocent man. Being stopped by multiple officers at gunpoint would be a terrifying thing to go through. The driver of the van did everything right; he complied with the officer’s commands and was very cooperative. Mara’s actions placed the driver of the van, officers, and the general public at risk. Emergency response to a high-priority call is dangerous. We had more than a dozen DPD personnel respond, and closed the entire Bypass for a short period of time until the scene could be secured.”