PHOTOS: Purse snatcher leads police on chase, gets away
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) – Chattanooga Police are releasing new information about a police chase through the city last night.
Officers are still trying to identify the suspected purse snatcher that led several agencies on chase across the city.
Chattanooga Police were called to the Highway 153 Walmart just before 9:00 p.m. When officers arrived they found a bystander chasing the suspect who stolen a woman's purse.
Sandra Gallagher told police that she was loading items into the trunk of her car when a SUV pulled up beside her and bumped her buggy. The man asked if he'd hit her then grabbed her purse, pulling her for a distance before she let go.
The suspect then fled the scene but was pursued by William Shropshire who'd witnessed the incident. Shropshire was able to give police the suspect's description and location until a Chattanooga Police Officer caught up with them.
The pursuit went through several densely populated areas including Highway 27, Mountain Creek Road, Suck Creek Road and Signal Mountain Road. During that time, police were advised that the same suspect had snatched another purse from a woman at 5084 South Terrace earlier in the evening.
Officers cornered the suspect at the intersection of Market Street and Cherokee Boulevard.
A Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy's patrol car was struck by the suspect's vehicle near the Market Street Bridge. At that point, the pursuit was called off in the interest of public safety.
The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s with a dark complexion and unshaven face. He was wearing a dirty white t-shirt and driving a tan or gold colored SUV, possibly a GMC Jimmy with a drive-out tag. If anyone has information on this suspect, or the suspect vehicle, they're asked to contact the Chattanooga Police Department at 423-698-2525.
Editor's Note: Chattanooga Police originally stated that the incident started at the Signal Mountain Road Walmart, this has since been updated to the Highway 153 Walmart.