Woman sues after being ‘wrongly’ jailed for 8 days

Employee entered wrong identification number, resulting in mix up

Jail cells (MGN Online)
Jail cells (MGN Online)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A woman filing a $300,000 lawsuit claims that she was freighted, intimidated, upset and embarrassed after being held for more than 7 days after being wrongly arrested.

According to the lawsuit, in 2005 Tiffany Nicole Eggleton was arrested for DUII in Lincoln County. At the time, she was using a prior married name of “Tiffany Nicole Wilson.” Eggleton was given an Oregon State Identification Number and a Federal Bureau of Investigation number.

In March 2012, an employee with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office entered a warrant into a law enforcement database using Eggleton’s SID and FBI numbers, according to the lawsuit.

The warrant was supposed to have been issued for a woman named “Tiffany Lyn Wilson,” according to the lawsuit. Wilson was cited in February 2012 by Madras Police for second-degree theft. The citation included Wilson’s identifying information, including her height, weight, eye color and date of birth. Wilson was ordered to appear in court on March 8, 2012. She failed to appear, according to records.

On Feb. 13, 2014, Eggleton called 911 to report a violation of a court ordered restraining violation. Three officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau responded and arrested Eggleton on the Jefferson County warrant, “despite her protestations that she was not the person named in the warrant,” according to the lawsuit. Eggleton, still claiming she was not the person listed on the warrant, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

On Feb. 20, 2014, she was transported from a jail in Multnomah County to the Jefferson County Jail. Eggleton told Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies that she was not the person named in the warrant upon her arrival, according to the lawsuit. The first time anyone “addressed (Eggleton’s) mistaken identity claim” was around 5:45 a.m. on Feb. 21, 2014, according to the lawsuit. She was released from custody by 10 a.m. when deputies in Jefferson County compared her information to that of Wilson.

According to the lawsuit, Eggleton was falsely arrested and imprisoned between Feb. 13 and Feb. 21, 2014. The lawsuit claims that Jefferson County was negligent by entering Eggleton’s SID and FBI number for Wilson’s warrant. It also claims that Jefferson County should have removed Wilson’s warrant from databases before Feb. 2014.

Multnomah County was negligent, according to the lawsuit, because staff failed to reasonably investigate whether Eggleton was the suspect described in the warrant.

In May, a woman was arraigned on a grand jury indictment by mistake in Multnomah County after a clerical error.

KOIN 6 News has not been able to reach a representative from Jackson County. The City Attorney for Portland said she had no comment and hadn’t been served the lawsuit. In an email, Multnomah County attorney Jenny Madkour said, “Thank you for your inquiry, but we have not been served with this lawsuit nor do I comment on ongoing litigation.”

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