NWGA Scanner | June 14th, 2022

Chattanooga felon assaults Fort Oglethorpe officers during traffic stop found with loaded gun and drugs

According to a Fort Oglethorpe Police Department incident report, On May 31st, 2022, at 12:45 AM, While Officer K. Wong was conducting a stationary patrol on Mack Smith Road at Katherine Lane, he observed a 2022 Jeep abruptly jerk as it rounded the curve approaching the roundabout at Steele Road. According to the report, “As the vehicle drove southbound on Mack Smith Road, it failed to maintain its lane several times by crossing the center double yellow line.” Officer Wong attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle then turned on North Avenue, failing to yield. According to the report, The driver later identified Gravion Devante Sublett, 23, of Chattanooga, TN, maintained his speed, did not activate his hazard lights, and made no effort to pull over as he traveled westbound on North Avenue. Officer Wong reported, “[I] activated my siren several times, eventually leaving it on; at this point. [I] believed that the vehicle was attempting to flee. The vehicle then quickly turned into a residence at 623 North Ave and came to a stop.” When the officer made contact, he immediately noticed the strong odor of marijuana and that there was a large amount of loose green leafy substance that the officer suspected to be marijuana scattered in Sublett’s lap. Officer Wong reported, “Based on the totality of the circumstances, including my belief that Sublett was attempting to flee and the presence of apparent drugs scattered on his person, [I] ordered Sublett to exit the vehicle. While being arrested, Sublett did not comply with the repeated verbal commands being given and then tensed up, actively resisting arrest. Sublett tensed his muscles and physically prevented the officer from placing him in handcuffs. Sublett continued to resist and became more agitated after he was eventually placed in handcuffs. Sgt. Gross and Lt. Goddard arrived on the scene and assisted. Sublett continued to actively resist and began violently kicking officers, injuring one officer. Sublett even spat at officers and hit Officer Wong with his spit in the face. Sublett then stated that he had AIDS. In addition to being physically combative, Sublett made numerous threats against me and Sgt. Gross and law enforcement in general. Specifically, Sublett said: “I should have killed you”, “You’re going to die”, and that he was going to “beat the f**k out of me, for real”, and that I was going to get what was coming to me. Sublett also stated multiple times that “this” was how he “provided for his family”. Once Sublett was inside the patrol vehicle, he then began violently kicking the windows. These kicks were so forceful that the officer felt them from the driver’s seat. While searching Sublett’s vehicle, officers located scales covered in a white powdery substance suspected to be cocaine along with several large baggies of meth, cocaine, and marijuana which all appeared to have been tampered with. Officers reported that the baggies of drugs were torn and/or emptied and were all dumped out throughout the vehicle. Officer also located a loaded Glock 31 handgun in the driver’s side door and over $700 in cash. According to the report, Sublett was confirmed to be a convicted felon (date 10/29/2019) and a first offender (1/23/2017). The residence at 623 North Avenue advised she was Sublett’s girlfriend, and the guns were hers. Sublett was transported to the Catoosa County Jail, charged with felony tampering with evidence, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, felony terroristic threats and acts, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, felony battery, battery on a police officer, reckless conducted; HIV infected persons, possession of meth with intent to distribute, felony obstruction, felony fleeing, failure to maintain a lane, driving without a valid license, and possession of drug-related objects. According to arrest records, Sublett has a very lengthy criminal record and violent history. Sublett was arrested for an April 7th, 2020, shooting of two people on Pinewood Avenue in Chattanooga. According to the report, The shooting occurred during a $2,800 meth deal. Sublett was charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, unlawful possession, and felony reckless endangerment. When Sublett was 17-year-olds he was arrested in Floyd County by FCPD after he was found in a stolen vehicle with a stolen gun in Garden Lakes. According to Catoosa County Jail records, Sublett was released the next day after bonding out.