Woman who ran over Dade Co. deputy sentenced to 40 years in prison

Laura Leeann Wooten was sentenced to 40 years in prison. (Images: Walker Co. Sheriff's Office / WTVC)

The woman who ran over a Dade County deputy back in August, causing him to lose his leg, was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Thursday.

35-year-old Lora Leeanne Wooten of Henagar, Alabama will spend the first 15 years of that sentence in confinement.

A jury convicted her of two counts of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, two counts of driving under the influence, one count of theft by bringing stolen property into state, one count of reckless driving, one count of failure to maintain lane, one count of no proof of insurance, one count of improper driving on a divided highway, one count of improper passing, one count of affixing of plate to conceal or misrepresent identity, one count of driving on the wrong side of the highway, and one count of improper tires.

Back in August, Wooten stole a truck from a residence in Alabama. The victim reported it to police. Officers spotted her on the road and began chasing her. The chase led authorities into Dade County, with Wooten blasting past roadblocks. At one of them, she struck Deputy Tommy Bradford, and caused him to lose his leg.

Authorities eventually caught up with Wooten near Trenton's town square. At the time, Sheriff Ray Cross reported she was uncooperative with officers.

Deputy Bradford received a hero's welcome when he returned home from the hospital later in the month. He continues to work for the Dade County Sheriff's Department.

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