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Woman accused of spitting in deputy's pizza has day in court

March 31st, 2014 9:23 pm by Brad Hicks

Woman accused of spitting in deputy's pizza has day in court

Amanda Engle

ERWIN — It will be up to a Unicoi County grand jury to decide if the Erwin woman accused of spitting on a pizza purchased by Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Frank Rogers will be charged.

A preliminary hearing for Amanda D. Engle, 29, 729 Rock Creek Road, was held in Sessions Court on Monday. Following the hearing, Judge James Nidiffer determined that there was probable cause to send Engle’s case to the grand jury for its consideration.

Engle was arrested in January and charged with disorderly conduct, although that charge was amended to vandalism at Monday’s hearing.

The arrest report previously written by Rogers said he went to the Erwin Pizza Hut, where Engle worked Jan. 23, to pick up pizzas he had ordered by phone earlier. Engle did not ask Rogers for his name but rang up the pizzas and advised Rogers that the pizzas were still in the oven and that they would be ready in a few minutes.

“I sat down on the bench, which is straight in front of the counter,” Rogers said in his report. “The pizza oven is directly behind the counter. As the defendant removed the pizza from the oven, I observed her cut her eyes and look at me. The defendant then leaned over the pizza that she had began to slice, and I observed her spit on the pizza (that) had been purchased by me.”

Rogers wrote that he called this action to Engle’s attention, and asked her if she was aware of who he is. She replied she knew Rogers, and when Rogers asked to speak to the manager, Engle replied that she was a manager, Rogers’ report said.

“The defendant was observed by me depositing bodily fluid on the commercial food (that) had been purchased by me,” Rogers said. “The defendant did, in a public place, create a hazardous or physically offensive condition by an act (that) served no legitimate purpose.”

Engle was arrested at the scene and transported to the Unicoi County Jail for booking.

Sheriff Mike Hensley previously said Engle’s alleged action was in retaliation for a driving under the influence-related charge placed against her by Rogers in April 2013. Hensley also said that Engle was fired by the restaurant the day after her arrest.

If indicted by a grand jury, Engle is scheduled to appear in Criminal Court on May 21. 

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