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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dunbar arraignment
A Greene County woman who allegedly ran over the foot of a Smokies ranger, and attempted to run over Cocke County deputies before she was shot in a February incident, had her first court appearance on Tuesday. Chelsea Elizabeth Dunbar, 28, Bearfield Road, Chucky, appeared before Cocke County Circuit Court Judge Ben Hooper to answer charges of Reckless Endangerment-Deadly Weapon Involved, Evading Arrest By Motor Vehicle and Aggravated Assault. The evening of February 5, a Ranger with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, observed Dunbar speeding in Gatlinburg. He initiated a traffic stop, but as he approached the vehicle, Dunbar turned the vehicle around and fled in the opposite direction, running over the Ranger's foot. She was pursued into Cocke County, and she drove into the parking lot of Smoky Mountain Elementary School. Deputies attempted to block the vehicle, at which point Dunbar rammed the front of a cruiser and drove into a field. Deputies again tried to block the vehicle, at which time Dunbar allegedly struck Deputy Daniel Smith, and when she continued to drive toward the injured deputy, shots were fired at the driver. Dunbar was flown to the UT Medical Center in Knoxville in serious condition. Deputy Smith was treated at the Newport Medical Center and then was released. After release from the Knoxville facility, Dunbar was held at a Department of Corrections medical facility, and only recently was returned to Cocke County. When she appeared before Judge Hooper, the defendant asked to be released on bond. "Sir you do know that I've been shot six times, and I'm pregnant. I would like to ask if it is possible, can I get an ankle bracelet so my medical needs can be attended to." "How long have you been pregnant," the court asked. "I'm four months; I was three weeks when it happened....I didn't know". The defendant said she wants to be out of jail so she can arrange custody of her baby, and also so she can have her medical needs addressed. But Assistant Prosecutor Joanne Sheldon opposed the bond request, saying Dunbar is being sent to Sevier County where she faces assault charges in the injury to the Ranger who's identity has not been released. Asst. Public Defender Keith Haas was appointed to represent Dunbar. During Tuesday's court hearing, Haas told the court that the third floor courthouse jail has been re-opened. Several weeks ago the jail was emptied, and female inmates were sent to Greene and Anderson Counties, after Sheriff Armando Fontes said he had inadequate staffing to keep both jails open.


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