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Carter deputies say woman nearly hit them with truck

November 30th, 2011 9:58 am by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — A woman was arrested by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday on several charges, including two counts of aggravated assault on officers, after she allegedly nearly struck the officers with her pickup truck.
Stephanie M. Reed, 33, 135 Dosser Lane, Johnson City, was also charged with reckless endangerment, a second offense of driving on a suspended license, driving an unregistered vehicle and no proof of insurance.
Lt. Keith Range said the incident began when officers were dispatched to Reed’s residence on a domestic disturbance call. While en route, officers were told Reed was involved in the altercation and had already left.
Deputy Andy Bean was the first officer to arrive. After he was there a short time, he said Reed returned to the residence. When he tried to stop her, she accelerated, almost striking him with her truck. Range reported Reed ignored Bean’s orders to stop, and if he had not jumped out of the way he would have been struck by the vehicle.
Range was approaching from Greenlee Road and Bean radioed to him to let him know Reed was headed in his direction. Range said he saw the truck headed toward him at high speed, traveling on both sides of the road.
Range said he turned on his blue lights in order to get her stopped. He said the truck kept approaching at a high rate of speed.
“I then realized that the vehicle was not going to stop and was going to hit my vehicle if I did not get out of the way,” Range reported. “At this time I hit the accelerator and steered to the right, narrowly avoiding a head-on collision.”
He said Reed’s truck ran into a bank, but she managed to get the vehicle back onto the road and get away. Range said she was arrested several hours later.

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