UPDATE: Suspect in police chase and added to TBI's 10 Most Wanted List captured
The man accused of leading Chattanooga police officers on a high-speed chase earlier this week has been captured. 30-year old James Bryan Miller was on the TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list.
UPDATE: The man accused of leading Chattanooga police officers on a chase earlier this week has been captured. Thirty-year-old James Bryan Miller was on the TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list.
Miller was arrested on Saturday in the middle valley area. The TBI said U.S. Marshals found Miller at the Ellie Plaza apartment complex in Hixson around 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Agents said Miller tried to leave the apartment complex in a car. That's when marshals tried to stop him and they claim Miller hit one of their cars.
Right now, the preliminary investigation shows at some point while miller was trying to get away, shots were fired by someone with the marshals task force.
When Miller's car was stopped, he was arrested and then taken to the hospital to be checked out. The TBI said neither Miller nor any of the officers had any serious injuries.
Miller is expected to face charges including aggravated assault against police and reckless endangerment in connection to an extended vehicle chase from Monday.
Once the TBI finishes their investigation, they'll submit their findings to the District Attorney General.
Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.
UPDATE: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added James Bryan Miller to their list of the state's Top 10 Most Wanted Alert, and is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Miller led police on a high-speed chase along Interstate 75 Monday, ending in a crash and Miller fleeing on foot.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police have increased patrols, are asking for leads and warning residents to stay alert -- as they continue to look for the man who led officers on a high-speed chase on I-75 more than 24 hours ago.
Police identified 30-year-old James Bryan Miller as the alleged suspect, Tuesday. It all started on Watts Avenue Monday morning then moved to the interstate. Channel 3 was there as Miller led officers the wrong way on the interstate and crashed near the Ooltewah exit. We now know three police officers fired their weapons during the pursuit, they are on administrative leave as the hunt for miller continues.
"I was driving normal and we kept seeing something was coming towards us so I think I stopped and that's about the time he hit my car," said witness Tina Mullins.
Tina Mullins now as damage to her side mirror. She says the wanted suspect hit her car while driving the wrong way on interstate 75. Her dad was in the passenger seat.
"He was like you know 6 more inches and he we would have been hit head on," said Mullins.
Jeremy Laubscher also witnessed the chase.
"He was barreling through here I mean 80 plus, I don't even know how everybody got out of the way," said Laubscher. "He blew through all 3 stop lights."
The suspect drug a 10 foot fence through traffic as he continued to drive on two blown tires.
"It was pretty much airborne flying around back and forth as he's whipping in and out of traffic," said Laubscher.
Police say three officers opened fire on Miller's car. The first officer was stopping traffic when the suspect aimed his car right at her.
The suspect then crossed over into oncoming traffic. An investigator fired, causing the vehicle to go off the road.
A third officer then opened fire. Police say it's not clear if Miller was armed, but they do consider him dangerous. Officer David Lewis, who was injured when a semi-truck hit his patrol car, is still recovering from non-life threatening injuries.
"I'm not sure how he got away... I thought they were going to get him," said Laubscher.
Assistant Police Chief David Roddy tells Channel 3, he wants everyone to be on the lookout for for James Bryan Miller.
"Based on his level of disregard for safety of everyone yesterday, yes I would absolutely consider him dangerous," said Chief Roddy, Chattanooga Police Dept.
Investigators are working hard to track him down by making contact with his family and friends. Officers have increased patrols in the area, where he was last seen running into the woods.
"The totality of that is what we are trying to put together, not only are we working through all of the witness statements from individuals who saw things yesterday, we are working through the witness statements that our own personnel and law enforcement testified to," said Chief Roddy. "Please call us if you were a part of yesterday's activities, let us know. We want to document and put in a report what you saw and more importantly what you endured, what this individual put you through and how this individual put your life at risk."
There were other reports of minor wrecks in the area but no injuries reported. If you see the suspect or know where he is call Chattanooga police.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police have identified James Miller, also known as Bryan, as the man who led them on a chase in Ooltewah Monday.
Channel 3 discovered the 30 year old has a history speckled with run-ins with police.
Arrests span from the Scenic City to North Georgia for charges related to burglary, fleeing and criminal homicide.
Miller was recently released from a Georgia prison in January.
Miller's criminal past also shows he has a history of running from police.
In 2012, Miller was accused of leading police on a chase that started in East Ridge and ended in Fort Oglethorpe when he crashed his car and ran from officers leaving behind two friends, one of them critically hurt.
Channel 3 was there in 2008 when three people forced their way inside a home on Pattontown Road. Police say Miller shot two of them, killing a 16 year old.
Miller was later arrested in Whitfield County charged with criminal homicide but those charges were later dropped after a judge ruled the shooting was justified.
Now, as police work to locate Miller following Monday's chase, his family urges him to do the right thing.
Miller's family released this statement to Channel 3:
"On behalf of James Bryan Miller's family, we would like to first state that we are sorry for all of the events that have unfolded and are praying for each and every person involved. We also would like for everyone to remember that despite the circumstances, Bryan is someone's father, son, uncle and brother. People often forget that we are human and choose bad choices from time to time but that doesn't define who we are. With this, we hope comes a learning and life changing experience for Bryan and would like for him to know that we love him endlessly and are here regardless of the circumstances and hope things unfold that is safely handled by everyone involved. Again, we are praying for everyone involved in this situation."
Stay with Channel 3 for updates on this story.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police have identified the suspect in Monday's high-speed pursuit as James Bryan Miller.
Police also named the CPD officers who fired at Miller, as he attempted to run the officers over with his vehicle or run into the police vehicles.
- Officer Jamie Barrow
- Investigator Ty Cooper
- Officer Curtis Morris
The officers are on administrative leave for seven days.
Officer David Lewis was injured when a semi-truck rear-ended his police cruiser is still recovering from his injuries, but is expected to be okay.
Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding Miller's whereabouts to call 423-698-2525.
Channel 3 also obtained a statement from Miller's family, shown below in its entirety:
“On behalf of James Bryan Miller’s family, we would like to first state that we are sorry for all of the events that have unfolded and are praying for each and every person involved. We also would like for everyone to remember that despite the circumstances, Bryan is someone’s father, son, uncle and brother. People often forget that we are human and choose bad choices from time to time but that doesn’t define who we are. With this, we hope comes a learning and life-changing experience for Bryan and would like for him to know that we love him endlessly and are here regardless of the circumstances and hope things unfold that is safely handled by everyone involved. Again, we are praying for everyone involved in this situation.”
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police tell Channel 3 the suspect who led police on a high-speed chase is still on the run.
Police went to an address on Watts Avenue Monday morning as a follow up in a stolen vehicle case. That's when the suspect hopped into a vehicle and fled from police, striking a Chattanooga Police Department cruiser and a fence.
The suspect fled the scene and two investigators followed. During the pursuit, the suspect drove the wrong way on I-75 (north but in the southbound lane). The investigators followed the suspect in the northbound lanes.
The suspect continued to travel in the wrong direction, a third officer traveling in the correct direction on I-75S was attempting to stop traffic at Exit 11.The suspect continued to traveling in the wrong direction and toward the officer's patrol car in an attempt to strike the officer head-on. The officer fired shots at the suspect, attempting to stop him.
The suspect then crossed the median and drove the wrong direction of travel on I-75N (traveling southbound) driving head on towards the two initial investigators. One of the investigators shot at the suspect. The suspect then drove off the roadway, wrecking the vehicle. A third officer shot at the suspect attempting to flee the scene.
All three officers were placed on administrative leave as per Chattanooga Police Department policy.
One officer was injured when his cruiser was hit by a tractor trailer from behind during the chase. His injuries are not life-threatening. There are reports of minor wrecks in the area during this time due to the suspect's action, but no injuries were reported.
Chattanooga Police Assistant Chief David Roddy explained that the search has changed into an investigation as police are still searching for the suspect. He asked Chattanoogans to go about their day, but to be aware of their surroundings.
PREVIOUS STORY: Police are searching a large area near the I-75 Ooltewah exit for an armed suspect who fled from police Monday morning.
The suspect is on foot and considered to be dangerous. He is described as a white male, unshaven, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. He has tattoos on both arms.
It's not clear if the shots were fired by police or at police.
The suspect went north on I-75 and turned around at some point, going the wrong way, headed north in the southbound lanes.
Police say Old Lee Hwy is currently shut down at the 8800 block as their search for the suspect continues.
Police have blocked off the Cracker Barrel as a precautionary measure.
Police officials tell Channel 3 that shots were fired at some point during the chase.
The armed suspect then fled on foot. Police are actively searching an area east of the interstate near Lee Highway towards Collegedale
The chase was headed north of Interstate 75 near the Ooltewah exit when the car apparently turned around and went north in the southbound lanes aginst traffic.
A Chattanooga police cruiser was also involved in a crash apparently in an attempt to stop the fleeing vehicle. A semi was also hit in the chase.