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UPDATE: Additional Charge against Gun-weilding Victim of Nelson Crash

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Samantha Tyree-Vest

Samantha Tyree-Vest

July 28, 2013

UPDATE:

A Schuyler woman who police say pulled a gun on first responders after crashing her car in Nelson County on Saturday is facing an additional charge.

Virginia State Police say 25-year-old Samantha Tyree-Vest ran off the right side of Route 6 and up an embankment. When volunteer firefighters arrived, the woman allegedly pulled out a handgun, aiming at the first responders.

After searching Tyree-Vest's purse, authorities found a set of brass knuckles. She now faces a charge of possession of brass knuckles, in addition to the three charges previously listed.

The accident remains under investigation. Tyree-Vest is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail


ORIGINAL STORY:

July 27, 2013

A woman who crashed a car in Nelson County Saturday afternoon brandished a gun at firefighters and others who tried to help her, authorities say.

The crash happened on Route 6 east of Route 29 in Faber. Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks tells Blue Ridge Life magazine that the woman, Samantha Tyree-Vest, was under the influence of alcohol and possibly something else.

Neighbors who heard the crash tell the Newsplex they ran over to check on Tyree-Vest. They say she appeared to be uninjured, but as they tried to help, she pulled out a gun.

Firefighters from the Faber Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene, and Brooks said Tyree-Vest once again brandished a firearm. Firefighters were able to get the woman to put the gun down, and they pulled her out of the car.

Tyree-Vest is in custody at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. She's facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless handling of a firearm and brandishing a firearm.

Brooks says no one was injured in the crash.

Virginia State Police are handling the investigation.


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