A woman is facing several felony charges after she alleged sped through a site set up for distributing the COVID vaccine and almost hit many workers.
On the morning of May 24, the parking lot at the Foothills Mall in Maryville, Tennessee, was one of the local sites people could go for a COVID vaccine. A tent for distribution of the injections, in addition to directional cones for traffic, was set up at the location.
Around 9:00 am, several people were inside the tent, including members of the National Guard and healthcare workers. A speeding vehicle was reportedly spotted by a deputy.
The car was reportedly driven very quickly through the lane marked by the road cones before allegedly entering and passing through the tent.
The workers inside reportedly scrambled, but seven people were nearly hit by the vehicle as it allegedly sped through. The woman operating the car allegedly screamed out the window while in motion, and the people in earshot believed she yelled, “No vaccines!”
When the Blunt County Sheriff’s office learned about the incident, they were issued information about the suspect. The authorities learned which direction the driver went when she exited the property, and deputies were told she was driving an SUV.
The people reportedly nearly hit by the vehicle expressed that they feared their lives were in danger when the car was inside the tent.
When they searched for the suspect, deputies spotted the vehicle they believed was involved.
A deputy performed a traffic stop, and the driver was identified as 36-year-old Virginia Christine Lewis Brown.
Brown was arrested and booked on a $21,000 bond. Though she reportedly stated she was only driving 5 MPH while protesting the vaccine at the site, Brown is facing charges for seven counts of felony reckless endangerment.
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