A Waynesville woman is behind bars after being arrested driving an allegedly stolen vehicle and assaulting an officer.

Tammy Smith Gibson, 37, was arrested on June 24 after she was allegedly seen in possession of a stolen 2018 GMC Canyon. Court documents note that instead of complying with the Haywood County Sheriff’s deputy trying to make the arrest, Gibson instead ran away and tried to fight the deputy.

One charge alleges that Gibson assaulted the deputy “by kicking him in the privates and inflicting physical injury and bruising.”

Following the incident, Gibson was charged with resisting a public officer, which is a misdemeanor, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle and assault inflicting physical injury on a law enforcement officer, both felonies.

Gibson is being held on $7,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 9.

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