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Woman arrested after escaping police custody

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Tasha Nicole Calcote

A Gallatin woman briefly escaped police custody and fled Sumner Regional Medical Center last week not long after she was shocked twice by a Taser while resisting arrest earlier in the day.

Tasha Nicole Calcote, who was wanted by police, was confronted by Sumner County Sheriff's Deputy Jody McDowell inside the Kangaroo Market on South Water Avenue in Gallatin around 7:17 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, according to an arrest affidavit.

Following a struggle throughout the store, the 21-year-old attempted to run away, but was Tased by McDowell, who is also a Portland alderman.

"Ms. Calcote fell to the ground, but still would not comply with orders to put her hands behind her back," McDowell wrote in an arrest affidavit. "After the initial Taser deployment, she began to resist again and attempted to get up. I had to deploy my Taser a second time."

According to police, Calcote continued to resist arrest and had to be physically held down until other deputies arrived. She was then taken to Sumner Regional Medical Center to be evaluated after being "slightly injured" during the scuffle.

While being advised by a nurse about medication before being released, Calcote was able to briefly escape police custody and flee the hospital on foot.

"(She) was not restrained at the time because of earlier x-rays and signing paperwork," according to a separate arrest affidavit. "Ms. Calcote ran from the hospital and was apprehended across the street and taken back into custody."

As of Tuesday, Tasha Calcote was being held in the Sumner County Jail without bond on a probation violation and $135,000 bond on various other charges including escape and resisting arrest. She is scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on Sept. 27 and Sumner County Criminal Court on Oct. 19.

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