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UPDATE: Signal Mountain police chase suspect still on the run

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UPDATE:  The suspect who led police on a chase across Signal Mountain on Tuesday is still on the run. The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office is looking for Brandon Bettis, 25.

Authorities say Bettis and Derick Starnes, 24, led deputies on a six-mile chase before crashing into a power pole on Taft Highway.

Pastor Larry Miller is checking out the damage to his church's sign, which was hit during the crash.

"This panel here is broken. It'll have to be completely replaced," said Miller.

Starnes was taken to the hospital with injuries. Bettis is still at large. Residents are on high alert after being told to keep their cars and doors locked.

"They said he might be armed, so we're concerned about it," Miller said.

Authorities say the two men were driving a car that was stolen during a robbery and carjacking.

"Everybody was just running around, all over the place," said Bob Bannier, who was working just yards away.

Bannier said he had just moved his truck before the crash happened.

"The car landed right there, right where it was. So I really got lucky," he said.

With Bettis still on the loose, Sheriff Ronnie Hitchcock is asking residents to be on the lookout.

"If anybody is in the area out here, they need to make sure they don't leave any keys in their vehicles. Lock their doors. Anybody comes to their door that they don't know, call 911," Hitchcock said.

"We've got a good community," Miller said, "and I hate to see someone put them in fear."

Starnes is being held without bond. Anyone with information on Bettis' whereabouts should call the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office.

PREVIOUS STORY: A Sequatchie County police chase ends with two suspects crashing into a power pole on Signal Mountain today.

Sheriff Ronnie Hitchcock tells Channel 3, his officers were pursuing a vehicle when the driver crashed into a power pole near Corral Road and Taft Highway around 4:20 p.m.

Hitchcock says it all started when his officer noticed a suspicious vehicle, prompting the officer to run the license plate number. The officer discovered the vehicle was stolen by the two suspects in a robbery and carjacking in Hamilton County.

The chase started in Sequatchie County and ended about six miles down Taft Highway in Hamilton County where the suspects crashed.

One of the suspects was taken to a local hospital with injuries; the second suspect ran from the scene.

Hamilton County deputies helped Sequatchie County deputies search the area for hours, but both agencies called off the search.

No officers were injured in the incident or search.

The suspect is described as a blonde male wearing blue jeans and a dark shirt. The Sheriff says the suspect could be armed. He asks residents in the area to stay indoors and call 911 if you see the man in question.

The investigation is ongoing.

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