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UPDATE: Suspect tied to Bradley Co. chase, crash still on the run

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UPDATE:  The search continues for a man in Bradley County, after a traffic stop turned into a police chase.  

And we're learning the trooper who pulled the car over smelled alcohol.

A state trooper pulled the driver over for speeding in the fog zone on I-75, Monday.

After he collected information, the driver sped off, nearly hitting the trooper in the process.

Authorities chased the car until the driver crashed near mile marker 38.

Four suspects took off into the woods, and Charleston Elementary and Walker Valley High School were locked down.


A  man is still on the run from law enforcement after a high speed chase ended with a crash Monday in Bradley County. Police have arrested three people so far who were in the car.

Monday's search prompted two area schools to be put on lockdown. Tuesday, things were back to normal. But investigators are urging the public to still be on the lookout for the missing suspect.

"The troopers stopped the vehicle traveling 90 miles an hour," says Lt. John Harmon with Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Troopers stopped a Dodge sedan traveling north on I-75 Monday morning. But just as a second trooper arrived for back up, "The driver proceeded to flee from the incident, almost striking the trooper," says Harmon.

The driver got off at Exit 36, lost control and flipped the car.

Tracking dogs helped nab two of the suspects in the woods, another was arrested at the scene of the crash.

 "There's multiple charges on the suspects."

 Twenty-seven-year-old Renaldo Joseph of New York was behind the wheel. He faces a felony evading charge and a wreckless endangerment charge, among others. Two other 20-year-old women, also from New York, were arrested on misdemeanor charges.

The fourth man in the car is still on the run. Police confirm he has an outstanding warrant but are not confirming much more.

"At this time we still don't really know who that subject is and really don't know the warrant that was against them," says Harmon.

Two nearby schools, Walker Valley High and Charleston Elementary, went into a 'soft lockdown' during all the commotion.

"It's not the lockdown in the sense where all the interior doors are shut and the blinds are pulled and kids are hiding in corners and things like that. Activities are still conducted. The main things are outside activities are called off," says Scotty Hernandez, Director of Safety for Bradley County Schools.

Both schools are ensuring parents students are safe.

Hernandez says the top priority is "safety of the students and visitors and the staff, absolutely."

Harmon says the public is in not in any type of immediate danger. He is just asking people to be vigilant.
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