published Friday, December 20th, 2013

Alabama woman charged with trying to break her son out of jail

A Jasper, Ala., woman has been charged with trying to break her son out of jail and burning his car for insurance purposes, authorities said.

Deborah Ann Peak, 54, was arrested after she met with an undercover agent in Chattanooga and paid him in money and prescription pills, according to a news release from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office and the FBI worked together on the two-month investigation, spokeswoman Janice Atkinson said.

Peake's son is in jail awaiting trial in Alabama on bank robbery charges, Atkinson said.

Peake is charged with criminal conspiracy, felony delivery of a controlled substance, facilitating an escape and possession of a firearm.

about Judy Walton...

Judy Walton has worked 25 years at the Chattanooga Times and the Times Free Press as an editor and reporter focusing on government coverage and investigations. At various times she has been an assistant metro editor, region reporter and editor, county government reporter, government-beat team leader, features editor and page designer. Originally from California, Walton was brought up in a military family and attended a dozen schools across the country. She earned a journalism degree ...

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