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TN woman facing reckless endangerment charge; accused of following congressman, his aide

TN woman facing reckless endangerment charge; accused of following congressman, his aide

Weakly County Sheriffs arrested Wendi Wright, 35, on Thursday for a heated encounter with GOP Rep. David Kustoff in which the freshman lawmaker accused the woman of trying to run his auto off the road, according to a statement from the department.

When they pulled into the driveway of someone they know, Wright reportedly ran to the vehicle and screamed while banging on the auto and reaching in.

David Kustoff, a freshman Republican, in her vehicle after a town hall event on Monday.

She was allegedly outraged over Kustoff's vote in support of the American Health Care Act. According to BuzzFeed News, when Kustoff was leaving, Wright attempted to accost him about her "grievances" over his healthcare vote, but he quickly got in his vehicle along with his driver and personal aide.

The congressman's aides and the sheriff department contend that Wright scared the passengers into driving to the home of a person who they knew.

She also stood in front of their vehicle, police said, obstructing them from leaving, and left the scene before officers arrived after a 911 call was made. Police say Wright's conduct on Highway 45 left Kustoff and his aide Marianne Dunavant "in fear of being forced off the roadway".

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Investigators tell Local 24 that the incident happened in May 8 in Weakley County. Investigators were able to track her down because she posted about the incident on her Facebook page.

Deputies arrived after a 911 call, but Wright had left the area.

Wright is free on a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Wright is set to be arraigned May 15 in Weakley County.

"I voted for the American Health Care Act because our current health care system is failing Tennesseans", he said in a statement following the vote. No one at the sheriff's department could be reached for comment.

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