The trial of an Alcoa woman who sued the Alcoa Police Department in 2016 alleging excessive force has been moved back from Dec. 3 to 9 a.m. April 21, 2020.

Annissa Colson’s trial was moved due to scheduling conflicts, according to a filing by Judge R. Leon Johnson.

It’s the second time the trial has been rescheduled this year.

Colson, 40, sued the department after she said Alcoa Police Officer Dustin Cook and Sgt. Arik Wilson used excessive force during her June 23, 2015, arrest for driving under the influence.

Other defendants include Alcoa Police Lt. Keith Fletcher; former Alcoa Police Chief Philip Potter; the city of Alcoa; Blount County government; Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong and Deputy Mandy England; Jennifer Russell, a contract jail nurse; and several unnamed Jane Does.

Colson’s 10-year-old son pulled an emergency brake and ran from her car after she sped on Springbrook Road shortly after drinking alcohol at the Springbrook Pool.

She was arrested shortly afterward.

Colson also alleged she was tortured at the Blount County Detention Facility, where she was placed into a restraint chair before having her blood drawn.

She pleaded guilty to DUI, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest on Oct. 26, 2016, in exchange for five days in jail and a year’s probation.

The deal also offered to expunge the reckless endangerment and resisting arrest charges through a judicial diversion arrangement if she complied with the court’s terms to complete counseling and parenting classes and a substance abuse program.

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BCSO trying to run the clock out on this one. Time for a change, we need a new sheriff that can instill some discipline and restraint.

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