3 arrested in vehicle chase in Collegdale, linked to crime ring in SE
COLLEGEDALE, TN (WRCB) -
Collegdale Police was dispatched around 12:30 P.M. Tuesday about two suspicious vehicles on a local business's parking lot.
The Little Debbie Parkway business called dispatch stating two vehicles were on their parking lot, exchanging license plates on their vehicles and one of the suspects was putting on a wig.
Both vehicles had left the parking lot before Collegdale police arrived on the scene.
As witnesses were describing the scene to patrol one of the vehicle returned to the parking lot.
In the time the vehicles had left the scene police arrived.The suspects had went to the Regions Bank in Collegedale and attempted to pass a check stolen from Chattanooga with a stolen ID from Franklin, TN.
As officers tried to stop the vehicle that returned to the scene the suspect evaded police and headed southbound on Little Debbie Parkway. While chasing one suspect police said the second suspect joined in on the chase on Little Debbie Parkway and Apison Pike.
Two Collegedale officers were chasing the suspects on Apison Pike and then north onto Ooltewah Ringgold Road. The suspects were weaving in and out of on-coming traffic to evade police.
The second suspect eventually stopped in the 5300 block of Ooltewah Ringgold Road, where a female accomplice was taken into custody without incident by a Collegedale police officer.
The other officer was still persuing the first suspect who ran a red light at Main Street and Lee Highway, resulting in crashing into a citizen's vehicle. Two suspects ran on foot from this crash. One of these suspects was caught and arrested in a nearby dumpster.
The suspect driving in the car continued driving after the crash on Lee Highway where he crashed again and was chased on foot and detained by two private citizens.
A third suspect was arrested a few hours later when he was found hiding underneath a truck in the area.
The three arrested males are from Florida and are suspects in a crime ring throughout the Southeast. Collegdale detectives are investigating the incident further, more detailed will be released when available.