UPDATE: Chattanooga police say a man strangled an officer and stole that officer's patrol car.

It happened Tuesday night around 11 p.m.

Quintez Gearing faces 18 charges including attempted murder, evading arrest, theft of property, and several related to drugs.

According to an arrest report, an officer pulled over a car Gearing was riding in as a passenger, during a traffic stop at the 4300 block of Dorris Street.

It is not clear what initiated that traffic stop.

The report goes on to say Gearing got out of the car and ran. When the officer caught up with Gearing, they started fighting. That is when Gearing started strangling the officer and at one point reached for the officer’s gun. Eventually Gearing got away, and drove off in the officer's patrol car down Highway 27. 

We’re told the officer involved was checked and cleared at the hospital.

Melissa Hibbetts and her daughter watched and recorded as police sped by their home going at least 100 miles per hour chasing Gearing.

 “It was crazy and it was loud,” said Hibbetts. “They just kept coming. They were definitely in hot pursuit. It was not something you do not see on a day-to-day basis. Not something you want to see on a day-to-day basis.”

Hibbetts says she could not tell which car gearing was driving.

“We could see it but it was already past our yard,” she explained. “We just kept watching the news; watching Channel 3 so we could see what happened.”

The arrest report says Gearing ignored all red lights and stop signs during the chase. About 13 miles later, the chase came to an end at the 5300 block of Mountain Creek Road after Gearing got stuck in mud. Officers had to break out the driver's side window to get gearing out of the car.

After searching gearing, officers found a loaded gun that was stolen in his front pocket and a fanny pack that contained 92 grams of meth and 10 grams of heroine, along with a scale and a glass pipe. 

According to police, Gearing is a felon “out of Georgia.”

Gearing was taken to the Hamilton County jail.

Court documents show he will face a judge on February 14th.  

Details are limited at this time.

More than a dozen CPD patrol cars could be seen from the Channel 3 Newsroom pursuing a suspect on Highway 27 North.

Channel 3's photographer followed the officers to the Morrison Springs Road exit in Red Bank where the suspect and police exited the highway, circled the exit and then got back on Highway 27 South.

Our crew says the chase ended on Mountain Creek Road where at least one suspect was taken into custody.

Channel 3 has reached out to the Chattanooga Police Department for more information but have not heard back at this time.

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