Deputies find homemade taser while arresting chase suspect

Monday, a Bradley County deputy saw a black SUV with no tail lights traveling on Johnson Boulevard.

The deputy tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to stop and passed a vehicle in a no passing zone.

The driver then ran a stop sign and turned onto Wildwood Lake Road and cut through the parking lot of Tebow's Tavern. The vehicle then turned onto White Street and ran another stop sign at White Street and Spring Place Road.

The driver struggled to maintain his lane and the pursuit finally came to an end in a parking lot on Spring Place Road.

When the deputy went to arrest the driver, Russell Therkildsen, the deputy found a homemade stun gun on Therkildsen's person. He also had a suspended license.

The tag on the black SUV also belonged on a maroon 1991 Ford Ranger, but the VIN number matched a black 1997 Ford Explorer.

Therkildsen faces the following charges:

  • Light law violation
  • Evading - felony
  • No passing
  • Stop sign violation (x2)
  • Fail to drive within lane
  • Driving on suspended license
  • Misuse of registration
  • No insurance while driving
  • Prohibited weapons