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UPDATE: GA kidnapping suspect in custody following police chase

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HCSO deputies handcuff the kidnapping suspect Thursday morning after the police chase. WRCBtv.com photo HCSO deputies handcuff the kidnapping suspect Thursday morning after the police chase. WRCBtv.com photo
Suspect Derrick Stelle sits handcuffed after Thursday's police chase. CPD photos Suspect Derrick Stelle sits handcuffed after Thursday's police chase. CPD photos

UPDATE: The Georgia kidnapping suspect that led several agencies on a chase through Chattanooga is now in custody, Channel 3 has confirmed.

The standoff that began with the U.S. Marshals Service turned into a high-speed police chase Thursday morning along Highway 58 in Harrison. The chase ended with a crash at 2330 Hickory Valley Road, where Steele crashed into a HCSO patrol car and a Chattanooga Police Department SUV. Both officers are said to be in good condition.

That's where the suspect, Derrick Steele, was arrested by police.

The suspect ditched the vehicle he was driving, a red Chevrolet Silverado, and fled on foot. The female kidnapping victim may have been dumped from the truck during the chase.

She was released at the scene, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Police also say that numerous types of ammunition and illegal substances were found in Steele’s vehicle.

The U.S. Marshals Service and officers with multiple other agencies were staged outside an Chattanooga apartment complex Thursday morning where Steele was reportedly holding a woman against her will.

Walker County Deputies were called to a home  at 3448 Garrett Chapel Road in Chickamauga just after 12:30 Thursday morning on a reported kidnapping.

The sheriff’s office identified the suspect as 32-year-old Charles Derrick Steele, who was seen driving a red Chevrolet Silverado truck in Chattanooga hours after the kidnapping.

Steele reportedly kidnapped a 29-year-old woman and drove from Walker County to the Pinewood Village Apartments on Highway 58, where officers are staging.

Walker County Sheriff’s Office has issued a felony kidnapping warrant for Steele’s arrest. He is also wanted on an outstanding theft warrant out of Walker County.

CRIMINAL HISTORY

Channel 3 has learned Steele was wanted on a long list of charges in Hamilton County prior to Thursday's kidnapping and police chase.

According to court records, Steele was wanted on charges of theft of property, evading arrest, light law violation, financial responsibility and driving an unregistered vehicle. The charges stem from incidents on December 31, 2015 and February 2, 2016. Steele will be booked on these outstanding warrants when he is booked on the new charges. 

Steele was most recently arrested in Hamilton County on June 4, 2015 as a fugitive from Catoosa County, Georgia. 

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