UPDATE: 100 mph high-speed chase ends with two arrests
UPDATE: An East Tennessee couple is behind bars after leading police on a high-speed chase that spanned two states on Thursday morning. The stolen car reached speeds of 100 miles per hour, traveling through several counties and more than 50 miles before crashing on the interstate.
A line of squad cars lit up southbound I-75 on Thursday morning in pursuit of a stolen vehicle.
Red Bank Chief of Police Tim Christol said the car was recently stolen in Red Bank.
"I'm assuming they were looking for another target of opportunity," said Christol.
Inside the stolen 2002 Hyundai Sonata was a couple wanted by police in Tennessee and Georgia -- Ashley Plemons, 24, of Greenback, Tenn. along with Gregg Smith, 32, of Jasper, behind the wheel.
It started with a traffic stop on Dayton Blvd. An officer pulled them over just south of Morrison Springs Rd. due to a broken light. Christol said the officer ran the tag and learned the vehicle was stolen. The vehicle stopped, but didn't stay long.
"As the officer was exiting the vehicle, that's when they fled," Christol said.
The couple headed south on Dayton Blvd. but police lost them near Signal Mtn. Rd.
"After a few minutes, the officers were able to find the vehicle again, northbound on Dayton Blvd.," said Christol.
The pursuit stretched across state lines through Hamilton County, and three counties across the Georgia line.
Channel 3 obtained dash cam video of the chase on I-75. Police say speeds reached up to 100 miles per hour before the couple's car crashed in Gordon County, south of exit 318, around 12:30 a.m.
Drivers like Adam Clonts were suprised the pursuit lasted as long as it did.
"We're living in a crazy world," said Clonts, although it's not the first time he's seen a chase end near the same exit.
"There's always a bunch of police up through here," he said. "So if you do speed you're not going to get away with it here."
The couple was still behind bars Thursday night, and are facing several felonies associated with the chase, including evading arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.
PREVIOUS STORY: A 100 m.p.h. high-speed chase that started in Hamilton County early Thursday morning later ended in Georgia with the vehicle crashing in Gordon County.
The initial traffic stop by Red Bank Police took place on Dayton Boulevard near Morrison Springs road for a non-working light on the suspect's vehicle. Police ran the license plate, which came back as a stolen vehicle.
As the officer exited his vehicle, the suspect left the scene, heading south on Dayton Boulevard. Police say they lost contact with the vehicle near Signal Mountain Road, but were able to find it again, headed north on Dayton Boulevard to Highway 153.
The vehicle then traveled to Interstate 75, and then went southward on the interstate.
The vehicle chase ended around 12:30 a.m. just south of exit 318 at Highway 41 in Gordon County, when the vehicle wrecked.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, along with the Georgia State Patrol assisted in the chase.
Ashley Plemons, 24, of Greenback, TN and 32 year-old Gregg Smith of Jasper, TN are currently being held in the Gordon County jail and are expected to be charged later today.
Both suspect are wanted in other counties, including Marion County in Tennessee.