Two people are in custody after evading law enforcement in Bradley County.

Friday afternoon, Bradley County's Sheriff, Eric Watson, was on patrol on Bates Pike when a Be On the Lookout was issued for a light blue F-150 pickup truck for a possible vandalism in progress. The Sheriff made contact with the truck when the driver ran a stop sign at Bates Pike and Kinser Road, nearly hitting Sheriff Watson's patrol vehicle. 

Watson began pursuing the vehicle and was joined by Patrol Lieutenant Cheryl Holloway as the pickup turned onto New Hope Road. As the Lieutenant rounded a sharp curve on New Hope Road, she saw that the truck had left the road, hitting a tree head on. 

The driver, identified as Christopher John Gooch, 25, of Bradley County, along with two passengers, received medical attention after the crash. One of the passengers, identified as Carrie Peterson, 18, of Chattanooga, was wanted by Hamilton County authorities. She is in custody there.

The investigation revealed Gooch had allegedly borrowed the truck from an acquaintance some two weeks ago, failing to return it at the agreed-upon time. 

Gooch has been charged with Evading Arrest, Theft Over $1000, Failure to obey Traffic Control Device and three counts of Reckless Endangerment. He is also being held for Hamilton County for Failure to Appear in court. Gooch was booked into the Bradley County Jail.