WEST POINT -- Police have arrested a fugitive who eluded authorities after being released from University Hospital in Salt Lake City. She was wanted in three states.
According to a news release from the Layton Police Department, an anonymous tip led a Layton detective to Jamie Cleghorn, 34, who is wanted in Utah, Alabama and Wyoming for suspicion of fraud, forgeries and evading law enforcement. She was found in West Point around 10:30 a.m. Monday, hiding under a blanket in the backseat of a car her husband, Adam Wheeler, was driving.
Layton Police Sgt. Alex Davis said Cleghorn had been involved in a car crash earlier in the month while evading police in Wyoming. She was airlifted to University Hospital. Wyoming police did not return calls seeking the details of that incident.
Days later, Cleghorn was apparently released from the hospital on Aug. 14 without the police's knowledge. University of Utah communications director Keith Sterling said campus police was never specifically directed to guard Cleghorn. Salt Lake City police acknowledged they were asked to assist in guarding her -- though the hospital is not their jurisdiction -- but were told she was immobile and unable to leave the hospital, at which point they quit guarding her.
University Health Care spokeswoman Kathy Wilets would not confirm that Cleghorn had been a patient but said in a statement that it is the responsibility of the police, not the hospital, to ensure a fugitive being treated is accounted for.
"Hospitals are institutions for healing," the statement reads. "If a patient is considered a fugitive by law enforcement and considered a safety risk, we expect the law enforcement agency to place that patient under arrest and in custody for the safety of our staff and other patients."
After Cleghorn was caught Monday, she was booked into the Davis County Jail. According to the release, Wheeler could also end up facing criminal charges, as he had allegedly been previously contacted about Cleghorn's whereabouts and knew she was a wanted fugitive.
According to court documents, Cleghorn, who at various times has gone by multiple aliases, is facing dozens of felony charges throughout several counties in Utah, including forgery, identity fraud, communications fraud and bail jumping.
In one case, in which Cleghorn has been charged with 11 felonies, she is accused of identity fraud of a woman whose ex-husband she had been dating. She allegedly opened several accounts at various financial organizations in the woman's name, according to a probable cause affidavit, and police found multiple forged documents in her possession.