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Bench trial date set for woman accused of spitting on officer's pizza

June 19th, 2014 9:02 pm by Brad Hicks

Bench trial date set for woman accused of spitting on officer's pizza

Amanda Engle

ERWIN — A bench trial date has been set for the Erwin woman accused earlier this year of spitting on a Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department official’s dinner.

Amanda Engle, 30, 729 Rock Creek Road, appeared in Unicoi County Criminal Court on Thursday to request a bench trial be set in her case. Criminal Court Judge Stacy Street scheduled the trial for Aug. 5.

Engel was arrested in January and charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly spitting on a pizza purchased by sheriff’s department Chief Deputy Frank Rogers. This charge was amended to vandalism at a March hearing in Sessions Court.

A Unicoi County grand jury indicted Engle on one count of vandalism under $500 in May.

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

“I sat down on the bench, which is straight in front of the counter,” Rogers wrote 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 which had been purchased by me.”

Rogers wrote that he called Engle’s alleged act to her 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 she was a manager, according to Rogers’ report.

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

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

Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley previously said Engle’s alleged actions were in retaliation for a driving under the influence-related charge placed against her by Rogers in April 2013. Hensley also said Engle was terminated by the Pizza Hut the day after her arrest. 

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