Flat tire investigation narrows in on certain area
By Jonquil Newland, Weekend Today Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Tire and auto businesses along Rossville Boulevard are booming, but not the way they had hoped. "We went instantly from having 30, 40 minute waits to having three or four hour waits," says Jeremy Powers at National Tire and Battery Auto Center.
Employees there say the rush began on Sunday, since then they've fixed 60 to 100 tires a day. They usually repair about 20 a week.
"Every single one of them is just a little bitty hole, nothing stuck in it," Powers says.
Just down the road Auto Zone ran out of Fix-A-Flat. Charles Sims was forced to head elsewhere for help. "Told me they was out and they got some more in yesterday and sold out again," says Sims.
The investigation into the rash of flat tires seems to focus around Dodds Avenue. Multiple witnesses tell Channel 3 several police cars were at Dodds Avenue Tire and Wheel Tuesday evening. Police will only say a number of people in that area have been questioned.
The business and its owner, Charles White, have been in hot water in the past. In 2004 a city judge found the business guilty of illegally dumping tires and in 2010 a man testified White paid him 50 cents a tire to illegally dump them near East Lake Park.
The business managers at the shop asked our crew to leave when we tried to talk to them for this story.
Experts believe whatever is puncturing tires has to be embedded in the road, most likely on the far right hand side. "Every single one of them is flat, both right front and right rear," Powers says.