Text Message Mix-Up Ends With An Arrest

Monday, August 28th 2006, 11:02 am
By: News On 6

A text message snafu lands a Broken Arrow teenager in jail. The teen thought she was messaging a friend, but instead her text ended up on a Broken Arrow Police officer's phone.

News on 6 anchor Terry Hood says Officer Phillip Short received a text message on his personal cell phone Thursday night regarding marijuana. He didn't recognize the phone number and didn't know who sent the message, so he decided not to respond.

The messages kept coming Friday and finally he decided to play along. Officer Short messaged the person back, setting up a meeting to do the drugs. "I said, yeah I remember who you are now and I have another sack if you want to buy it for half price, she said no I have plenty but you can help me smoke this one. I said okay can you come to Broken Arrow.”

18 year old Elizabeth Burchfield says she got Officer Short's number by mistake and thought she was messaging one of her friends.

Officer Short says she told him what kind of car she was driving and which way she was coming from. He caught up with her, pulled her over for a traffic violation, found drugs in her purse, and arrested her.

Even after the arrest Burchfield had no idea she had been messaging a cop.