Farragut teacher arrested, accused of assaulting officer

Farragut teacher arrested, accused of assaulting school resource officer

Rebecca Brabson (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Rebecca Brabson (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Officer Martin Timms (source: Knox County Schools) Officer Martin Timms (source: Knox County Schools)

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A teacher at Farragut Primary School and Farragut High School was arrested Monday for allegedly assaulting a school resource officer at Rocky Hill Elementary.

According to an arrest report, Rebecca Brabson, 44, made an illegal left turn from a parking lot onto Morrell Road before school Monday morning when her car hit Officer Martin L. Timms.

Officer Timms says he was standing two feet from Brabson's driver's side window, telling her not to turn left and pointing at a sign forbidding left turns between 7:15 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.

Timms says Brabson became irate and began making the turn anyway. Timms took a step toward the car, in another attempt to prevent her from making the turn, and was hit first by Brabson's driver's side mirror and then the side of the car.  Brabson then is accused of leaving the scene without stopping.

Bennie Yardley was walking his daughter to Rocky Hill  Elementary School Monday when he saw an incident he says he'll never forget.

"When I was walking back to my car the resource officer was talking to a lady in a black car about pulling in and turning left and you're not supposed to be turning left there's a sign there," said Yardley.

Yardley says the 'do not turn' signs are clearly marked and have been posted for several years.  Yardley is the witness listed in the warrant.

"She started leaving.  She started going and then she hits him.  He spun around and she hit him a second time and she didn't even stop, she just took off turned left and took off flying through the school zone," said Yardley.

Yardley says Timms did not appear badly injured. He says the officer seemed more shocked than anything.

Officers identified Brabson using her vehicle registration plate and identification by a crossing guard who was familiar with Brabson.  She was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Brabson is currently out of jail on $10,000 bond with instructions to have no contact with Timms and to stay off Rocky Hill Elementary School property.

Knox County Schools released this statement when asked about Ms. Brabson's employment since the arrest, "Ms. Brabson is not currently in the classroom. We have opened an investigation and reviewing her status."

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