Woman faces charges after police say she struck deputy with her car
Published 8:39 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2016
A Watauga woman faces charges after police say she struck a Carter County Sheriff’s Office deputy with her vehicle as the officer attempted to arrest her.
Officers with the CCSO took Shawna Lynn Ray, 28, of Watauga, into custody Wednesday afternoon. CCSO Dexter Lunceford said in a released statement that the investigation is still ongoing at this time and charges are pending, but added that Ray will face multiple charges in connection with the incident.
Sheriff Lunceford identified the injured deputy as School Resource Officer Tracie Pierson, who serves as the SRO at Central Elementary. Pierson was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries and was released Wednesday evening, Lunceford said.
The incident happened Wednesday around 2 p.m. at Central Elementary School, located at 252 Taylortown Road.
Pierson attempted to take Ray into custody at the school.
“Ms. Ray fled from (Pierson) on foot, made her way to her vehicle, where the SRO attempted to handcuff her,” Lunceford said. “Ms. Ray started her car, drug the deputy, deliberately struck another vehicle in the parking lot in order to knock (Pierson) off her vehicle, and fled the scene.”
After fleeing the school, Lunceford said Ray sideswiped another vehicle on Dalewood Drive.
“An extensive search for Ray was conducted by Carter County officers, with the help of the Washington County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Office, Johnson City Police Department and the Tennessee Constables Association,” Lunceford said. “Through their assistance, and the help of technology, Ms. Ray was located and taken into custody in the Austin Springs area of Johnson City.”
“Ms. Ray was transported to the Carter County Detention Center where she faces multiple charges related to the incident,” Lunceford said. He did not list what specific charges Ray will face but said the investigation is still on going and more details will be released later.
According to reports, Ray was at the school attempting to pick up a student when the officer encountered her and attempted to arrest her.
Following the incident, Central Elementary School went into a lock down.
“No faculty were hurt and no students were hurt,” Central Elementary Principal Terry Morley said. “The students at no time were in any danger. They were 100 percent safe.”
Morley commended the teachers and staff at the school for how they handled the situation to maintain safety and security for the students.
“The safety plan we’ve had for a number of years was implemented flawlessly,” he said. “The teachers went into action immediately and did exactly what they were supposed to do.”