A woman in Tennessee protesting COVID-19 vaccinations is now facing seven counts of felony reckless endangerment after driving her car through a vaccine site, authorities said.
On the morning of May 24, Virginia Christine Lewis Brown, 36, allegedly drove her Chrysler SUV through an event in Blount County organized to administer COVID-19 vaccinations, barely missing mowing down health department and National Guard personnel in the process, Knoxville’s WATE-TV reported.
According to an arrest report, “at least 15 people” were working the vaccination site in the Foothills Mall parking lot when Brown sped in her vehicle through a cone course, which was set up to guide cars through the vaccination process, as well as a tent.
Witness said the suspect’s vehicle came within “inches and feet” of hitting seven of the workers and that she was shouting “no vaccine.”
"They thought the driver was going to kill them," the arrest report states.
A sheriff’s deputy who witnessed the scene followed Brown’s SUV and pulled her over.
He noted the suspect told him that “she was driving through to protest the vaccine,” WBIR reported.
Brown was arrested and booked into the Blount County Jail and held on $21,000 in bonds.