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ERPD cuffs high-speed chase suspect

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"I just know he's on drugs, he's got problems and I didn't want him here," says Janell Cline about 35 year old Jason Hughes, who police say was behind the wheel of what later proved to be a stolen Ford Explorer early Friday morning.

Police say Hughes took off when East Ridge officers, responding to a disturbance call at Cline's home, had questions about the Explorer's registration.

The pursuing officer's dash-cam video captures the high speed chase that began in East Ridge and quickly moved to Interstates 24 and 75.

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" Are you surprised at all in the fact that he led police on a "no, not at all," says Cline before the reporter could finish his question. " That's why I don't want him here, I know how he is," says Cline matter of factly.

Police say Hughes led lawmen through Chattanooga, Collegedale and unincorporated parts of Hamilton County until reaching the Enterprise South Industrial Park and the Volkswagen plant.

That's where he lost control of the vehicle, spinning 180 degrees and then ramming the officers patrol car.

Police gave chase again and Hughes, again,  lost control of the vehicle but the second time, Hughes couldn't escape arresting officers, none of which surprises Cline.
" I've known him from a child growing up in Harrison, I know his family, his mother, his father, his grandparents," said Cline.

Hughes is in the Hamilton County Jail under an 87 thousand dollar bond on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, felony evading, auto theft, reckless driving, possessing drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license. 


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