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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pursuits lead to guilty pleas
Two individuals who were the subject of law enforcement pursuits, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to the resulting charges in Cocke County Circuit Court. A Greene County woman who allegedly ran over the foot of a Smokies ranger, and then attempted to run over Cocke County deputies before she was shot on February 5, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and evading arrest by motor vehicle. Chelsea Elizabeth Dunbar, 28, Bearfield Road, Chucky, appeared before Cocke County Circuit Court Judge Ben Hooper to answer the charges and was ordered to serve 30 percent of a four-year term with the balance on supervised probation. The defendant also is to undergo a mental evaluation. A charge of Reckless Endangerment-Deadly Weapon Involved, was dismissed in the plea arranged by Asst. DA Joanne Sheldon and Asst. Public Defender Keith Haas. Sheldon said the term will run concurrently with Sevier County charges of two counts evading arrest. A charge of aggravated assault stemming from the injury to the Smokies ranger was dismissed because Sevier County had no jurisdiction in the incident. The evening of the incident, 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 her vehicle around and fled in the opposite direction, running over the Ranger's foot. She was pursued into Cocke County, where she drove into the parking lot of the 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. Other deputies involved were Lt. Steve Johnson and Eric Ramsey. When she appeared before Judge Hooper following her indictment in May, the defendant asked to be released on bond. "Sir you do know that I've been shot six times, and I'm pregnant," she told Judge Hooper." 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 court denied the probation request. A Cocke County native, was living in Florida when he was arrested in May following a lengthy pursuit at high speeds through Newport. Jeffrey Stewart, 45, Deland, Florida, run the red light on Highway 321 at 60 miles per hour in the 20 mph zone, and during the pursuit, nearly hit a cruiser which was attempting to block the roadway. Finally on Musterfield Drive, the auto careened through a lawn, hit a ditch, and flattened a tire, forcing the vehicle to a stop. Stewart, a native of Neddys Mountain in the Del Rio community, pleaded guilty to his Fourth Offense DUI, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon involved and possession of methamphetamine. Judge Hooper ordered him to serve 180 days of a two-year term with the balance on supervised probation. He also will pay a $750 fine.


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