Woman Crashes Funeral And Removes Body From Casket

| by John Freund
Cynthia Ann Frierson, 36, of Columbia, TennesseeCynthia Ann Frierson, 36, of Columbia, Tennessee

A Tennessee woman was arrested for crashing a funeral and trying to remove the body from the casket.  

The Columbia Herald reports that 36-year-old Cynthia Ann Frierson of Columbia, Tennessee, drove a red pickup truck up to a funeral service at Roundtree-Napier-Ogilvie Funeral Home. 

A witness reports that “Frierson showed up at the funeral home as they were actively having a funeral and walked up to the open casket.” She allegedly “then began grabbing at the body inside of the casket and at one point attempted to get the body out of the casket,” the report stated.

Funeral attendees tried asking Frierson to leave, but she refused, prompting them to grab her and physically remove her from the premises.  

According to the New York Daily News, police were called, and when Officer Landon Barber arrived, he noticed that Frierson smelled like alcohol and was speaking with slurred speech.  

Barber then asked Frierson if she drove to the funeral home. She initially claimed that she did, then changed her story to claim that an unidentified friend drove her. Police searched Frierson's pockets and found a small pipe with black residue.  

“While Frierson was speaking with booking staff, I looked into [her] right pocket to see what she had in the toilet paper, and I could see a clear glass pipe inside of the paper, so I grabbed it out of Frierson’s pocket,” Officer Barber wrote in the report.

Police then arrested Frierson on charges of public intoxication, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked/suspended license, and disorderly conduct at a funeral.  She is currently being held on $6,500 bond. 

Sources: Columbia Herald, New York Daily News / Photo credit: Daily Mail via Nashville Herald

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