Tennessee fugitive caught in West Virginia
LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — A Tennessee fugitive posed as a police officer and faked an injury to obtain a prescription for pain medication at a hospital, police in West Virginia said.
Logan County Sheriff Sonya Dingess Porter said in a news release that Terry Michael Vickers was arrested Wednesday night after a deputy spotted his vehicle leaving the Logan Regional Medical Center.
The statement said a vest with a patch reading Fugitive Task Force K9 Unit was found in Vickers’ vehicle. Vickers, 54, is not affiliated with any police department, authorities said.
Vickers went to the hospital with a fake injury, signed in under a false name, obtained a prescription for pain medication and fled with an IV port still attached to his hand, Porter said.
Vickers was charged with being a fugitive from justice, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, impersonating a police officer, obtaining a prescription drug by fraud and obstructing an officer.
Porter said Vickers was wanted in Tennessee on charges of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud and criminal impersonation. The statement didn’t indicate which city in Tennessee.
Vickers is being held on $60,000 bond at the Southwestern Regional Jail.