A Maryville woman who allegedly pulled a 9mm handgun during a dispute at the Dairy Queen drive-thru Sunday night, July 7, has been charged with aggravated assault.
Brandy Leann Yates, 45, Bexley Drive, was arrested by Maryville Police officers at 10:36 p.m. July 7 and is free on $1,000 bond pending a 9 a.m. hearing today, Tuesday, July 9, in Blount County General Sessions Court.
Yates told officers she was afraid for her safety and did not point the weapon at anyone, but a Tellico Plains couple said she pointed it at them with her finger on the trigger, according to the Maryville Police Department’s report on the incident.
William B. Bivens said he pulled into the drive-thru line at Dairy Queen, 1724 W. Broadway Ave., in front of Yates and another vehicle that were stopped on the side of the business, and Yates yelled at him.
His wife, Amanda Bivens, got out of their vehicle and yelled back, asking Yates what she said. With the two women in a verbal argument, William Bivens said, Yates pulled out a pistol and pointed it at him and his wife, with her finger on the trigger.
Amanda Bivens said as she was standing at the back of their vehicle, Yates cursed and said she was going to harm her. Amanda Bivens said she told Yates to get out of her car, and that’s when Yates pointed a gun out of the driver’s side window at Bivens with her finger on the trigger.
William Bivens said he was unable to video the incident but snapped a photo of Yates’ license plate.
At her residence, Yates told officers the vehicle in front of her at Dairy Queen stopped to get a purse out and Bivens cut them off. She said she yelled at them for being rude, and Amanda Yates got out of the car and came toward her yelling.
Yates said she told the other woman to get back in her car but Bivens kept coming toward her.
Yates said she was afraid for her life and pulled her gun, pointing it in the air. She turned over the Sig Sauer P365 9mm, holster and 10 hollow point bullets to Maryville Police officers, who placed them into evidence.