September 20, 2012
Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee
Dewey Tyson Bradburn Sentenced For Attempting To Flee From A Park Ranger
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– Dewey Tyson Bradburn, 51, of Maryville, Tenn., was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, U.S. District Judge, to serve 18 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release. Bradburn pleaded guilty in May 2012, to a federal indictment charging him with fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.
The indictment and subsequent conviction came as a result of Bradburn’s attempt to flee from a National Park Service law enforcement ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On November 2, 2011, a ranger in the Chimney’s Picnic Area observed Bradburn sitting in a vehicle with what appeared to be drug paraphernalia. Upon being confronted by the ranger, Bradburn quickly fled the area in his vehicle, leading the ranger on a high-speed chase toward Gatlinburg. While attempting to flee the ranger, Bradburn drove at speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour, crossing the center line on numerous occasions, and nearly colliding with oncoming traffic. Bradburn's vehicle was ultimately stopped when rangers used a spike strip to deflate the vehicle’s tires.
Regarding the sentencing, Chief Park Ranger Clayton Jordan stated, "Our park is the most visited National Park in America. We hope that this sentence sends a clear message to persons like Bradburn, that actions risking the lives of our visitors, will result in serious consequences."
This case was investigated by the National Park Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank M. Dale, Jr., represented the United States.