School teacher to press charges for road incident - WKRN News 2

School teacher to press charges for road incident

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. -

A school teacher plans to file charges after she said employees in a work truck shined a powerful light in her eyes Friday morning.

According to Sheryl Stewart, it was still dusk and storming when the company truck ran up on her bumper.

"I was traveling westbound on 840," Stewart said. "Before I know it, headlights are behind me and [the truck] pulled beside me and they pulled out a spotlight and shined it in my face, waving it up and down."

Stewart said the truck then sped up and she was unable to get a license plate number because of the pouring rain.

"I recall HVAC on the side and a phone number. I called 911," she said. "It was nerve racking with heavy rain falling and wind and water on the roadway. The light blinded me."

News 2 called the company Stewart identified as the owner of the truck. A manager said if the allegations by Stewart are true, they plan to use GPS technology to verify it happened and discipline the employees responsible.

"We take accountability for everything," Office Manager Mia Hosseini said. "We have trackers on our vehicle. The driver of that vehicle will be pinpointed. We had to do a process of elimination. They will be counseled first thing Monday morning. We have to have trackers for liability to hold the guys accountable, whoever was [driving] will be reprimanded and we will make sure that this doesn't happen again."

Hosseini added, "Let her know we apologize for the inconvenience we caused her and the distress. This won't happen again, and we will do everything in our power to make sure the driver is held accountable and uses better caution next time."

Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Stewart will have to swear out her own warrant in Rutherford County and have the burden of proof in the case.

THP officials added it is best to back off and let irate drivers pass.

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