Woman That Drove Truck Into Lake Facing Unrelated Grand Theft Auto, Burglary Charges, ECSO Says

June 11, 2021

The woman the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says drove a truck into a lake near Century evening has been arrested on unrelated charges for allegedly stealing a Jeep.

Tammy Sue Amerson, 50, was arrested Wednesday on charges of grand theft auto, burglary of an unoccupied vehicle and trespassing after a warning for two earlier incidents. She is not currently facing any charges for the lake incident.

Amerson allegedly took a Jeep Patriot from a residence on Briggs Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue in Century. The owner said he heard his dog bark about 10:30 p.m. the night of June 1, and he found his Jeep Patriot missing the following morning. The vehicle owner said the keys were in the unlocked Jeep, but he had not give anyone permission to use it.

Later that night, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to Amerson’s residence in Bratt after she reportedly told a relative that she stole a vehicle and hid it in her garage, according to an arrest report.

Deputies located the vehicle hidden in a garage at the back of he property, the report states, and Amerson spontaneously stated that she borrowed the vehicle from the victim on Briggs Boulevard after talking to him.

Amerson was also charged in connection with a trespassing incident on May 31 at a relative’s home. Amerson was previously trespassed warned from the property by the ECSO but was discovered covered with a blanket asleep on the woman’s front porch swing, according to the arrest report. The victim stated Amerson was “talking and acting crazy,” the report states, and she fled into a wooded area.

Tuesday evening, June 8, Amerson drove a pickup truck into a gravel lake on Bluff Springs Road just west of the Escambia River in the Bluff Springs Recreation Area. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded and by late Tuesday night had determined that no one was inside the truck. Authorities don’t know why she drove into the lake, the ECSO said.

In May, Amerson was charged with felony grand theft after allegedly selling a boat motor online but never delivering it to the buyer. [Read more...]

Amerson remained in the Escambia County Jail Friday morning with bond set at $15,500.


24 Responses to “Woman That Drove Truck Into Lake Facing Unrelated Grand Theft Auto, Burglary Charges, ECSO Says”

  1. Wow... on June 13th, 2021 12:59 pm

    Just my thoughts. She just wants someone to love her. She is trying to kill her pain. She is single. She lost her dad a while back and he was her best friend only person she may have thought only loved her. Now she acts out with drugs..(not sure) She acts out needing attention (not sure) She acts out being degraded (not sure) abused, bullied, or just gave up on life…(not sure) who knows. At least she is not harming anyone but only herself. Hope she gets the help she needs. Big hug to you Tammy. Sometimes only a hug is needed to turn someone around to help themselves. She feels lost in this world. I’ve felt her pain but thankful to the Good Lord I didn’t give up on myself.

  2. TAMsueWHO on June 13th, 2021 10:01 am

    WOW just WOW Tammy Sue.
    That stuff is really getting to your mind.
    I’d give much thought on finding a new dealer.

  3. Chris on June 12th, 2021 12:04 pm

    Sounds like an addiction problem driving her thought process. If left unchecked, people will be writing memorials, not comments. I’m praying she receives a breakthrough before it’s too late.

  4. tc on June 12th, 2021 8:47 am

    Hot Mess!

  5. Robert Bruner on June 12th, 2021 8:00 am

    There is a Baker Act for drug abuse called the Marchman Act.

  6. David Huie Green on June 12th, 2021 5:49 am

    “To the guy who left his keys in his unlocked vehicle….you deserved to have it stolen. What an idiot.”

    I disagree. People do not “deserve” to be stolen from nor to be insulted by victimizers’ advocates.

    Perhaps they should realize there are those who will prey on the trusting, but even then THEY are not to blame. It is interesting how many will excuse a criminal act with the thought, “He deserved to be stolen from because he was too trusting.”

    David for better people with higher expectations

  7. Susie on June 11th, 2021 7:47 pm

    Those same relatives reporting her need to have her committed. This woman is crying out for help. Good Lord.

  8. Old friend on June 11th, 2021 7:24 pm

    I went to school with this girl & she’s a great person & has a great family. I pray that she will get help she needs and get better because I know that her family, especially her son is probably heartbroken over all of this. I don’t know really what happened to her but I’m praying for her.

  9. PcolaNative on June 11th, 2021 6:32 pm

    Unfortunately Baker Act is very very temporary if it can be used at all. Decades ago this country dumped hundreds of thousands of mentally ill people into the streets. I saw an article recently where DeSantis is trying to create a kind of Baker Act for drug addicts. Perhaps there is some glimmer of hope.

  10. Just Me on June 11th, 2021 6:29 pm

    Sounds like to me a lot of family fighting with drugs on her part….this young lady needs alot of support and get into detox ASAP!

  11. concerned on June 11th, 2021 4:40 pm

    trust me on this ? the only thing that’s going to help her is detox meaning 6 months in jail closely watched then drug testing every month for one year and 5 years probation.

  12. Susan Barnes on June 11th, 2021 3:44 pm

    Please don’t blame her family there wonderful people I was where there at I wanted to help a family member and he flat out told me he didn’t want no help we buried him and he was my heart this beautiful family loves Tammy and until she wants help with all she’s found there’s nothing they can do

  13. EMD on June 11th, 2021 12:04 pm

    Anyone heard of the Baker Act? This woman needs spiritual and mental help. Not condemnation. People do not get like this on purpose, and without reason. One size does not fit all. I used to believe that is why we have judges. I think that was once the case. Family might get real help from a support group of others who have similar things with which to deal. Prayed for this woman and her family. Believing Help is on the way.

  14. Deborah Daugherty on June 11th, 2021 11:36 am

    I don’t know this lady but I feel like she has a good heart.She is pretty and I think drugs are to blame here.I been there so I’m not judging I’m just saying. Good luck ..and as for the Jeep thing..kind of shady

  15. PcolaNative on June 11th, 2021 10:16 am

    People on here who advise family members to “do something” need to understand there is usually almost nothing they can do to “fix” these situations. Mentally issues or substance abuse problems can only be addressed by the individual. Most of the time the families are devastated and many times terrified yet they are judged for lack of “action”

  16. Really on June 11th, 2021 9:59 am

    For everyone wondering and making comments…family has tried to help this girl even to the point of begging the judge to put her in detox after her first arrest and was denied!

  17. Well on June 11th, 2021 9:43 am

    Come on Tammy Sue get your damn act together. You’re better than this.
    I hope you find that help you’re needing.

  18. Help her on June 11th, 2021 9:40 am

    Someone close to her needs to get her some help. Instead of standing around watching this train wreck reach out and let her know she is loved.

  19. mnon on June 11th, 2021 9:30 am

    Wow really, boat motor fraud, now stealing a Jeep and driving a truck into a lake for no real good reason… Maybe she needs to be put in a mental health facility a little while to get help? Just need a couple of family signatures and these news article submitted to a judge. I would like to see her get help, she was such a pretty girl and so outgoing, if its not drugs she seriously needs an evaluation. Good luck to those closest to her.

  20. Howie on June 11th, 2021 9:01 am

    An idiot that will leave keys to their vehicle inside and unlocked. I bet you don’t lock your residence either. This is not 50 years ago when you could do that.

    Amerson is a piece of work and hopefully she will figure out how to change her life around.

  21. JTV on June 11th, 2021 7:40 am

    Nice people will drop the charges and she’ll find herself back in jail before the year is out. You can’t medicate stupid.

  22. Sad on June 11th, 2021 6:00 am

    She was a beautiful young woman at one time! Had a good job! A downhill spiral for sure. You really should seek some help for yourself! No one else is to blame.

  23. Kincade on June 11th, 2021 5:31 am

    Sounds like this gal is on a roll.

    To the guy who left his keys in his unlocked vehicle….you deserved to have it stolen. What an idiot.

  24. Molino girl on June 11th, 2021 5:08 am

    It seems like since her dad passed away she has let her self go. I pray she finds the help she needs before it’s to late.

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