Woman flees courthouse, arrested with meth

By Brittany Wise bwise@civitasmedia.com

May 13, 2014

A Grayson County woman who ran from authorities as she awaited a court hearing last month was arrested on Friday, May 9 and brought back into custody.

34-year-old Amanda Burden was asked to take a drug test during a suppression hearing for charges of manufacturing methamphetamine at the Grayson County Judicial Center, but instead, she fled the premises and was on the run until late last week.

Lead officer, Deputy Buck Meredith with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, said that upon receiving information about Burden’s whereabouts, he went to a residence at 259 Shearer Drive to serve a fugitive warrant for her arrest.

Meredith was assisted by Sheriff Rick Clemons, Deputy Clay Boone, Constable Tim Saltsman and Special Deputy Dave Colston.

The officers found Burden at the residence and discovered that she had methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on her person at the time of the arrest, just after 4 p.m. on Friday.

She was charged criminally for both offenses.

Burden was transported to the Grayson County Detention Center, where she is currently being held on a $50,000 cash bond.

Burden will face both her original charges and the new charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) in the first degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia, in Grayson County court.

Burden has faced a number of charges previously, including escape, failure to appear in court, trafficking in a controlled substance, and multiple charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.