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Half-naked woman falls through ceiling at Kingsport restaurant

Rain Smith • Oct 31, 2018 at 11:32 AM

KINGSPORT — A bizarre incident at a city fast food restaurant has netted the arrest of a 26-year-old woman — nude from the waist down — as she reportedly fell through the ceiling and into the kitchen.

A report at the Kingsport Police Department states Harley C. Morton, 26, of Granby Road is charged with criminal trespassing, vandalism and disorderly conduct. However, records contain no possible explanation for why she was in the ceiling of Cook Out on East Stone Drive.

An employee called police shortly before 10 p.m. He stated a female had partially fallen through a ceiling tile, then pulled herself back up and was "running around" overhead.

A responding officer didn't initially spot the suspect but found broken support rails lying on the floor. An inspection outside led to the roof, where police found a wallet containing Morton's ID. Access into the building is believed to have been made at an air conditioning unit by removing a screen. 

While the officer was still on the roof, the woman fell through a second ceiling tile in the kitchen, this time landing on the floor below. Police cut her off as she entered the dining area, finding her unclothed from the waist down.

Morton was transported to the Kingsport city jail. Along with the charges she incurred for Tuesday night's incident, she was additionally served with an outstanding felony warrant out of Sullivan County for failure to appear.

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