Crime & Courts

Inmate injured after jumping through railing

A Lincoln County jail inmate was seriously injured on Sunday after she jumped through a second-floor railing and fell about 20 feet onto a cement floor, authorities said.

Crystal Jones Hubbard, 34, of Newton was leaving the shower area at about 2:15 p.m. when she ran for the railing and jumped through it, sheriff’s spokesman Larry Seagle said.

Hubbard was transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, where she was stabilized and then airlifted to CMC-Main in Charlotte. She suffered possible head and internal injuries in the fall.

Hubbard had complained about being sick and had thrown up earlier Sunday, Seagle said. She was then allowed to leave her cell and go to the shower section to clean up.

A jail trustee was on the same floor, and Hubbard waited for her to move away. She left the shower area and went toward her cell. She then turned and dove between the second and third railings on the walkway.

Hubbard was arrested on Friday in connection with Operation Play 60, a round-up of suspected drug dealers.