Suspect in chase that injured Dade County Sheriff’s Major arraigned


WALKER COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) –The suspect in a chase that ended in a crash, seriously injuring a Major with the Dade County Sheriff’s Office, faces 21 charges.

Laura Leeann Wooten appeared in front of a judge at the Walker County Jail Wednesday afternoon. Cameras weren’t allowed inside, but members of the media were able to view it on the monitor.

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“I am going to let you be aware of what you are charged with. Your age is what?

“35,” Wooten responded

“And you have completed how many grades of school?”

“11,” she said.

The judge read all of her charges.

“You’ve got theft of property against the state, serious injury, by a vehicle, felony fleeing and attempting to allude, aggravated battery, and aggravated assault on a police officer,” the judge said.

The charges went on.

Wooten is accused of leading police on a multi-state chase. It ended with a crash that seriously injured Major Tommy Bradford from the Dade County Sheriff’s Office. Police say started in Fort Payne, Alabama on Valley View Avenue. Neighbors called police on a suspicious truck. An officer later spotted the vehicle and then the pursuit started.

“Your case will be in superior court. You will need an attorney to represent you. If you can’t afford an attorney. There is a public defender,” the judge said.

The Walker County Sheriff says Wooten is in their jail right now because when a member of law enforcement is injured or killed the suspect is almost always held in a nearby county.

“I am refusing your bond. The grand jury will meet the second Tuesday in October,” the judge said.