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A Tennessee woman has been charged with multiple counts of reckless endangerment after she allegedly drove through a vaccine tent at a high speed, yelling about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Virginia Christine Lewis Brown, 35, allegedly plowed her Chrysler Pacifica through an enclosed vaccine tent on Monday morning at the Foothills Mall in Maryville, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a press release. Two deputies who were working at the site say they witnessed the Greenback woman “speed through the coned section and through the enclosed vaccine tent” at a “high rate of speed.”
“Witnesses and staff told the deputies Ms. Brown yelled ‘No vaccine!’ as she drove through the tent,” the sheriff’s department states.
Brown allegedly told a deputy at the location that she drove through the site “to protest the vaccine.”
The woman was arrested at the location and subsequently charged with seven counts of felony reckless endangerment for allegedly "placing the lives of seven workers in danger,” according to the press release.
She was released on bonds totaling $21,000. She’s due back in court on June 7.
It’s unclear if Brown has an attorney.
New York Magazine reported on Thursday that states across America have been offering incentives to try to get skeptical citizens on board with getting vaccinated. For Maryland, New York, and Ohio residents, vaccinated folks have the chance to be enrolled in lotteries. Maryland is giving out a $40,000 prize every day for 40 days while New Yorkers vaccinated next week will be given a lottery ticket with a chance to win up to $5 million, according to the outlet.
Money isn’t the only incentive being doled out. Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club in Las Vegas will be offering customers who get jabbed at their location during specific hours on Friday a platinum membership card, free booze and dances, according to New York Magazine. An Illinois mobile vaccination site at a shooting and recreation complex offered free target rounds for trap, skeet, and sporting clay shooting earlier this month while activist groups in Washington, D.C., and New York City offered free joints to people outside vaccination centers on April 20.
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