A woman was arrested in Tennessee after police said she used the eternal flame at a war memorial to set her hair on fire in a bizarre stunt to obtain drugs and possibly a ride out of state.
Sabrina Lynn Brock then climbed a tree about 12:30 p.m. Monday near the Hawkins County Courthouse — where she claimed she was “burning for Jesus,” demanded OxyContin, and asked to return home to Kentucky.
A police officer managed to convince the 21-year-old Brock to climb down, but she fell and broke several limbs from the tree, reported the Kingsport Daily News.
Brock told the officer she was addicted to the opiate but had run out, and police said she began cursing at passersby who gathered at the scene.
“I said, ‘Wait a minute, you’re burning for Jesus and praying just a minute ago, and now you’re cussing everybody — which is it?,’” said Officer Chris Price. “She said, ‘I’m kind of confused about that myself.’”
Brock was arrested and charged with vandalism, and police discovered afterward that she had apparently stolen some items from a nearby Masonic Lodge before setting her hair and jacket on fire.
She had asked by name for a lodge member she had met the day before at church, witnesses said, then took some pictures off the walls and stole a small medallion and an empty registry book from the 1950s.
Lodge members declined to press charges against Brock, who is from Letcher County, Kentucky, but had been staying with her brother in Tennessee.