UPDATE: Burglary suspects' spectacular crash lands 1 in custody
By WRCB Staff
Law enforcement vehicles surround the scene Friday morning. WRCBtv.com photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
UPDATE: "An amazingly loud explosion, just rocked the whole building," says Veterinary Doctor John Haddock, who had no idea what had just happened.
"Maybe a large tree had fallen," speculated Haddock." Or a natural gas explosion, but it just shook the entire building."
"It flipped a good three or four times," says motorist David Reed. " I actually seen it coming up this way," as he motions to west bound traffic along East Brainerd Road.
Both Reed and Doctor Haddock offer differing vantage points of the high speed chase that ended here at the Brainerd Hills Animal Hospital.
Deputies say it began around 10:20 Friday morning, when they were dispatched to a burglary call to a nearby Fuller Rd residence.
Working from the given vehicle description, deputies soon spotted the suspected getaway car near the intersection of Gunbarrel and East Brainerd Roads and gave chase.
Seconds later, the car was in Doctor Haddock's building, with two of three suspects fleeing on foot.
"They immediately took off running into the woods here behind the animal hospital," says Haddock.
Meanwhile, David Reed was on his way to work and saw it all unfold in front of him.
"The guy flying up through here and it was like I was dreaming or not because I had seen the car fly and jump , it was like so crazy man," says Reed, who says the car flipped at least three times before striking the building and sending shards of debris flying.
"Large, cantaloupe sized rocks that just showered into the building when the car hit the ramp, hit the wall there," says Haddock incredulously.
Haddock says no person or animals were hurt. Haddock adds he's thankful his wife, who usually sits by the window, wasn't there at the time of impact.
As for Reed, he's thankful too.
"I feel like God saved my life because that could have been me, I was right behind him," emphasizes Reed.
Doctor Haddock says he sees a crash in front of his building all too often, with some coming too close for comfort, but none to the degree of Thursday morning's epic collision
"The wall on the front of the building has been hit several times, we're getting really good at rebuilding the wall," says Haddock, who says he's already contacted his insurance carrier but expects to keep his hospital business running while rebuilding.
Deputies say one of the three burglary suspects was captured at the crash, but two others remain at large after fleeing on foot into the woods behind the animal hospital.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police are investigating a possible burglary that led to a car chase Friday morning in the Brainerd area of Chattanooga.
The call was dispatched as a burlary in progress on Fuller Road that preceded the chase.
The chase then ended with a crash that lodged one the vehicles against the side of Brainerd Hills Veterinary Hospital on East Brainerd Road.
Police tell Channel 3 that televisions and guns were reportedly being stolen, and some of the items may have been recovered at the crash scene.
Preliminary reports are that one suspect is in custody, but at least one other suspect is still at large. Chattanooga police, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol officers are at the scene.
Police are searching the area for the suspects.
Stay with Channel 3 and WRCBtv.com for more on this developing story.
Wednesday, August 23 2017 11:49 PM EDT2017-08-24 03:49:44 GMT
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