BY KEN LITTLE
A North Carolina woman charged in connection with the attempted theft Friday of two ultrasound transducers from Laughlin Memorial Hospital will appear today in General Sessions Court.
Charged with two counts of thefts of property valued at over $10,000 but less than $60,000 is Jenine M. Ellis, 42, of Bahama, N.C., in Durham County.
Ellis is also charged with criminal impersonation and resisting arrest.
She was observed by hospital employees putting two ultrasound transducers "into her zipped bag" and attempting to leave the hospital with them, Greeneville police Auxiliary Officer Eric Scott said in a report.
Ultrasound transducers produce sound waves that bounce off body tissues and make echoes.
The transducer receives the echoes and sends them to a computer that uses them to create a picture called a sonogram.
Transducers come in different shapes and sizes for use in making pictures of different parts of the body.
The transducers Ellis is charged with attempting to steal are valued at $10,000 each, the report said.
Ellis gave officers a false name and said she was working for a local doctor "and was sent to inspect the equipment," the report said.
She told officers that her identification and work information were in her car. An officer escorted her to the car and noticed "the license plate had been covered with a plastic bag," the report said.
"I then told her to stop and place her hands behind her back at which time she pulled away and jumped into her car and tried to start the car and pull away," the report said.
As the officer attempted to take the car keys away from Ellis, "she tried to head-butt me and bite me several times," the report said.
Ellis was removed from the car and taken into custody.
The ultrasound transducers were recovered, police said.
Bond for Ellis was set at $85,000, pending today's court appearance.