UPDATE: Chattanooga police say man strangled officer, stole patrol car
UPDATE: Chattanooga police say a man strangled an officer and stole that officer's patrol car.
It happened Tuesday night around 11:00 pm.
Quintez Gearing faces 18 charges including attempted murder, evading arrest, theft of property and several related to drugs.
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According to an arrest report, an officer pulled over a car Gearing was riding in as a passenger in 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,” Hibbetts said. “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 in 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 heroin, 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.
One of Channel 3's photographers 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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PREVIOUS STORY: A man is facing a dozen charges after allegedly assaulting an officer, then leading a high-speed chase in a stolen patrol car on Tuesday evening.
Quintez D. Gearing is facing several charges after getting into a physical altercation with a Chattanooga Police Department officer, stealing the officer's patrol car, and leading police on a high-speed chase on February 5.
According to the affidavit, CPD officer, Jonah Odenthal, pulled over Gearing near Dorris Street in Chattanooga.
Gearing pulled his vehicle over, exited his vehicle, and began running from the officer on foot. Officer Odenthal called for back up as he pursued Gearing.
When Officer Odenthal caught up with Gearing, a physical altercation ensued. According to Officer Odenthal's statement, Gearing attempted to reach for the officer's gun and began strangling him during the fight.
Gearing managed to escape from Officer Odenthal once more. Gearing then proceeded to steal the officer's patrol car.
Chattanooga Police began a high-speed vehicle pursuit of Gearing in the stolen patrol car. At times, the Gearing exceeded 100 mph.
The pursuit continued on Highway 27 Northbound until Gearing got the stolen vehicle stuck in mud at 5319 Mountain Creek Road. At that time, Gearing refused to exit the vehicle.
CPD officers had to break the window of the patrol car to remove Gearing.
When police searched Gearing, they found a loaded weapon, 5 bags of meth and 10 small bags of heroin.
Gearing was taken into custody and transported to Erlanger Hospital for evaluation.
Charges Gearing faces:
- Theft of Property, two counts
- Evading Arrest
- Disorderly Conduct, two counts
- Aggravated Assault
- Unlawful Carrying or possession of a weapon
- Reckless Endangerment
- Resisting Arrest or Obstruction
- Possession of a Firearm During Commission of Felony
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Stay with Channel 3 as we learn more.