The intoxicated woman's actions showed that if your goal is to be in jail, perseverance in trying to scale the walls of the institution pays off.
Around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, officials at the Butler County Jail in Hamilton, Ohio noticed a suspicious person lying in the grass at the back fence of the jail compound. She was repeatedly told to leave.
Instead of leaving, the woman, carrying a backpack and believed to have been intoxicated, began to scale the barbed-wire fence to gain entry. She yelled at jail officials, "I want to be arrested."
Tiffany R. Hurd, 36, faces charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. And she got her wish—she is being held in the Butler County Jail.
WHIO quotes a release by the Butler County Sheriff's Department as saying, "It is unknown how long she had been out there trying to gain access to the compound. On-duty staff could never remember anyone trying to get into the jail by trespassing on the property."
WKRC reports shortly after Hurd was arrested, Sheriff Rick Jones tweeted, "Prisoner arrested trying 2 get n 2 jail. After release. She got her wish. Not the norm. Got it backwards."
The New York Daily News quotes Jones as saying, "Usually the Sheriff's inmates are trying to figure out how to escape the compound. Tiffany, however, did get her wish to be arrested, and will probably be a front runner for the World's Dumbest Criminal."
The Houston Chronicle reports Hurd appeared in court yesterday and bond was set at $2,500. She remains in the Butler County jail and has another court appearance on Aug. 9. It is not clear at this time if she is unable to post bond or if she really is where she wants to be.