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Tennessee Man Arrested After Police Chase in Georgia

A man from Etowah, Tennessee, was arrested on Dec. 27 by the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department in Georgia following a chase.

According to police, the car the suspect was driving was stolen from a gas station by the suspect.

The police report lists the crimes the suspect was charged with, including, “two counts of weaving, speeding, two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, reckless driving, DUI, public drunkenness, theft by receiving stolen property, obstruction of officers, striking a fixed object, driving on the wrong side of the road, and criminal trespassing.”

The suspect is still in the Catoosa County jail. Bond was set at $29,100.

The Ringgold police reportedly first saw the suspect when he fled the gas station in a stolen Hyundai Genesis. Multiple law enforcement agencies were notified and officers from other agencies observed the vehicle weaving in and out of oncoming traffic and allegedly traveling as high as 80 mph in 45 mph zones.

Officers made multiple attempts to initiate traffic stops on the vehicle, but the man reportedly continue to flee.

“In the area of Mark Lane, the vehicle failed to maintain its lane as it rapidly slowed, appearing to have some type of mechanical problem,” the report said.

The man allegedly almost struck pedestrians during one part of the chase and sped down a dirt road on private property at another point.

“The vehicle abruptly took off again traveling down a very rough dirt road striking several trees along the way,”the report said.

Not long after speeding down the dirt road, the vehicle was found abandoned by pursuing officers.

The man was located in a residence not far from the abandoned vehicle, heavily intoxicated. Upon speaking with detectives, the man reportedly said he borrowed the car from someone who left it running and unattended at the gas station.

Being charged with DUI can lead to the loss of your driver’s license, fines and jail time in Georgia. An experienced DUI attorney can explain your legal rights and help you understand what comes next.