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Police: Man stabbed, chased victim; tried to run from police

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Car Bettis was driving at time of crash. Car Bettis was driving at time of crash.
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UPDATE: MONDAY, JUNE 27th 5:00 pm

SODDY DAISY, HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - A Chattanooga man is behind bars after police say he pulled a knife on another man, then led police on a chase.

Lt. Jeff Gann, spokesperson for the Soddy Daisy Police Department, says Brandon Bettis and a friend showed up to a friend's home on Springfield Road, looking for Billy May II.

May claims Bettis pulled a gun on him after the other man cut him with a knife.

"It looks like a defense cut, where the victim had held his hands up in defense and got cut that way," said Gann.

Police say Bettis drove away in his black Jetta and led police on a chase that lasted 10 miles.

The chase ended when Bettis crashed into a sign outside a apartment complex. A foot chase followed, but Bettis was arrested after being stunned.

His friends say the fight started over something written on Facebook and the alleged victim didn't tell the whole truth.

"He shouldn't have sped away from the police yes," said Courtney Moses who lives in the home where the fight happened, "but he was trying to get away from Billy, to stay out of trouble, and then Billy went after him."

Bettis was on house arrest for a previous drug charge.

Police say after the chase they found a syringe and meth in his car. He's being held on a $40,000.

A warrant was issued for his friend, Michael Chris Harvey.

MONDAY, JUNE 27th 11:00 am

SODDY DAISY, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) – Police in Soddy Daisy are investigating a stabbing and chase that ended in a crash in Chattanooga.

Officers tell Eyewitness News Billy R. May II called Soddy Daisy Police around 12:50 a.m. Monday to report he had been cut with a knife and was being chased.

May told police Brandon Bettis and Michael Chris Harvey approached May at his home, pointed a gun at him and had sliced him with a knife.

When May fled his home, police say Bettis followed.

Soddy Daisy Police spotted Bettis's car in the 8900 block of Dayton Pike and gave chase.

The chase ended when Bettis crashed his BMW at the Marina Pointe Apartments in Hixson.

Bettis was booked on charges of aggravated assault, felony evading, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, driving on a suspended license and reckless endangerment. His bond was set at $40,000.

Harvey has not been arrested. A warrant for his arrest has been issued on charges of aggravated assault.

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