Payton Elizabeth Osborne
ELIZABETHTON — A woman was arrested Saturday after a Carter County deputy said he witnessed her drive her car in a reckless manner that nearly resulted in a collision with a Hummer H3 occupied by the woman’s mother, sister and daughter.
Deputy Brady Higgins said he witnessed the maneuver on the Stoney Creek Highway early Saturday evening. Higgins said he saw a silver Toyota Camry “make an abrupt left-hand turn in front of the (Hummer), causing the vehicle to slam on its brakes to keep from hitting the (Camry) head on.” He said the Hummer went into the emergency lane to avoid a crash.
Higgins put on his emergency lights and stopped both vehicles. He said the woman in the Toyota got out and rushed toward the Hummer, screaming. Higgins was able to get the situation under control and started talking with the woman, identified as Payton Elizabeth Osborne, 19, 183 Second St., Apt. D, Bristol, Va. She said she was attempting to stop the driver of the Hummer, who was her mother, Rebecca Bach, in order to get her 20-month-old daughter back.
Osborne said she had agreed to let her mother watch the child overnight, but then they started to argue and Osborne wanted to get her child back. She said her mother had threatened to call the state Child Protective Services, which made Osborne upset.
Higgins then spoke with Bach, who said she was on her way to her residence to give the child back to Osborne when the incident happened on the Stoney Creek Highway.
Higgins arrested Osborne on three counts of reckless endangerment.
After the arrest, Higgins was dispatched to Bach’s residence, where he found several items vandalized on her back porch. He reported overturned furniture, broken glass and a wooden swing that had been destroyed. He also saw vandalism to an outdoor fireplace. Osborne’s sister said she had been on the phone with Payton Osborne when she was committing the vandalism.
Higgins then charged Osborne with domestic vandalism. She is scheduled to answer all of the charges in Sessions Court on Aug. 13.