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Erwin man facing more vandalism charges after Burger King incident in Elizabethton

Sue Guinn Legg • Aug 17, 2018 at 8:38 PM

ERWIN — An Erwin man charged with vandalism for allegedly tearing the front door off a Burger King in Elizabethton on Tuesday was arrested again Thursday for allegedly causing a disturbance and damaging a room in the Emergency Department of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.

Jason Allen Lane, 41, 110 Carter Drive, is also under investigation for allegedly kicking out an observation window at the Unicoi County Jail following his Thursday arrest and for kicking out the window of a Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department police cruiser.

Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson said Lane was taken to the emergency room after he said he needed help. Once there, Tilson said, Lane tore up the room he was in and disturbed the operations of the Emergency Department.

Tilson estimated the damage at more than $500. He said Erwin police officers arrested him without further incident and transported him to the county jail.

Sgt. Thomas Whaley with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department said the incident at the jail was still under investigation Friday and no further information would be released.

Lane reportedly broke out the same window between inmate and jailer areas last year.

Lane was cited for vandalism in Elizabethton on Tuesday after he reportedly ripped a large metal door off its hinges at the entrance to the Burger King restaurant at 781 W. Elk Ave.

Capt. Lincoln Orellana of the Elizabethton Police Department said officers were called to the restaurant in response to a disorderly person and found Lane, who was described as 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 265 pounds, standing outside talking to the restaurant manager.

Orellana reported Lane was calm and not acting disorderly when he arrived and the manager told him Lane had “ripped the front door off its hinges.” 

Orellana said Lane admitted to breaking the door by accident, but became less coherent and requested to be taken to a hospital.

A customer at the restaurant told Orellana that Lane had walk out of the restaurant and came back in when he ripped the door off its hinges.

The customer said Lane first said “faulty door” and something about a lawsuit and then said he was having a seizure when he ripped the door off its hinges and punched the door, saying “punk --- plexiglass.”

The customer said Lane had also told her and a friend at the restaurant he was a vampire and had never eaten before.

He also spit on the arm of a man at the restaurant who told him to back up, police said. At that point, the woman said Lane stated “wrong place, wrong time,” and said they should be glad he did not go get his Beretta.

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