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Bailiff injured in courtroom fracas

By Eddie Jenkins

A Carter County bailiff was injured Tuesday, March 1 after a defendant attempted to flee.

When a Carter County Judge ordered Brittany Fitzgerald to be held on a warrant from Washington County, witnesses said she attempted to run out of a locked courtroom door and was caught by Bailiff Ernie Widby.

During the melee Fitzgerald was flailing wildly and struck Widby in the eye causing a cut, according to a representative with the Carter County Sheriff's Department.

After being taken to the hospital it was determined that the bailiff's orbital bone was fractured, caused by a blow to his face. 

As a result of the fracas, Fitzgerald was charged with assault as well as evading and resisting arrest. She is still being held in the Carter County Jail.

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