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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Potts/James crash
Two Cocke County women were injured Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Deerfoot Road in the Cosby community. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the 2:12 am crash occurred near the Country Square Road intersection. Melissa Potts, 49, Cosby was operating a 1998 Subaru northbound when the auto left the right side of the roadway and traveled down an embankment. A passenger in the front seat, Brandy James, 33, Bullard Drive, Newport was ejected and the Subaru rolled, coming to rest partially on top of her. The auto came to rest on its top. James was flown to the UT Medical Center in Knoxville Potts was taken by First Call EMS to the Newport Medical Center for treatment. The Highway Patrol says neither occupant of the auto was wearing a seatbelt. Potts is charged with vehicular assault, DUI, failure to exercise due care, failure to maintain lane usage, as well as seatbelt, insurance and registration violations. The driver also was wanted on two counts violation of probation. James was wanted on a criminal court capias charging that she failed to appear in court to enter a plea on an aggravated assault charge.

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