NWGA Scanner | October 14th, 2021

Chattanooga man arrested after brief pursuit ends in crash and foot chase in Catoosa County

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on September 29th, 2021, at around 1:02 PM, Deputy Jordan stopped a blue Mercury Grand Marquis with no registration on it. The Mercury pulled into the parking lot of Awakening Church on Cross Street. According to the report, “Before the vehicle came to a stop, the driver had opened his driver’s side door and yelled out that his registration was in the trunk of his vehicle.” Deputy Jordan approached the vehicle to speak to the driver, later identified as Marques Williams, 29, of Chattanooga. As the deputy was walking up, she observed a brown bag in William’s lap that he was attempting to conceal by hunching his body over it. According to the report, “Deputy Jordan could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle while the door was open. Deputy Jordan asked Williams for his license. His response was that he did not have one on him. Deputy Jordan requested an additional unit due to the odor of the marijuana coming from the car and informed Williams that she was going to check the VIN on the vehicle. As the deputy walked to the front of the vehicle, she reached the front and attempted to lean down to read the VIN. According to the report, Williams then stated, “f**k this” and put the vehicle in drive. According to the report, the deputy had to jump back to avoid being struck by Williams, who continued out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed. According to the report, “Deputy Jordan ran back to her patrol car and advised Catoosa 911 that she was actively pursuing the vehicle. The vehicle turned right out of the parking lot and went north on Cross Street. Williams traveled at a high rate of speed and left his lane of travel going into oncoming traffic. He continued down Cross street and ran the stop sign that was clearly posted.” When the offender ran the stop sign, he struck a vehicle that was traveling east on Lakeview.
According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, While running the stop signal at a high rate of speed, Williams’s struck a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 being driven by a 77-year-old Rossville man in the front right bumper area. According to the crash report, The elderly man was injured in the crash but was not taken by EMS. Williams’s vehicle was disabled in the crash and came to a stop in the ditch on Lakeview Drive. According to the incident report, After crashing, Williams jumped out of his passenger side window and fled on foot down Lakeview Drive. According to the report, “Deputy Jordan jumped out of her patrol car and pursued Williams on foot. Williams then fled into a large ditch. Deputy Jordan was able to keep her eyes on him and gave him loud verbal commands to stop. Williams did not comply and came out of the ditch and ran onto Oakview Drive. Williams fell to the ground multiple times, and when he regained his footing, he turned faced Deputy Jordan. Deputy Jordan gave Williams verbal commands again several times, instructing him to get on the ground. When Williams did not comply, Deputy Jordan used her agency-issued taser and deployed two cartridges striking the offender in the chest and legs.” The taser had no effect on Williams. Williams began to walk off again. According to the report, the deputy put her taser away and pulled out her agency-issued firearm. She ordered Williams to the ground. Williams still did not comply with commands. According to the report, the deputy took Williams to the ground, where he refused to give his hands. Deputy Jordan was holding the offender down using her body weight. The offender attempted to stand back up. According to the report, “Deputy Jordan kept the offender on the ground, a citizen ran up and assisted in getting Williams into handcuffs.” Williams stated he ran because knew had multiple felony warrants out of Chattanooga, TN. According to the report, “This was confirmed using NCIC.” During a search of the vehicle, a crown royal bottle was located in a brown paper bag on the floor on the driver’s side. According to the report, “Williams was read implied consent, and by his own admission, he stated that he had drunk an alcoholic beverage and smoked marijuana just before the deputy had stopped him.” Williams agreed to state blood draw and was transported to the Catoosa County Jail. Williams was charged with driving while license suspended or revoked, felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, stop signs and yield signs, hit and run, no proof of insurance, consuming an alcoholic beverage, or possessing an open alcoholic beverage container while in the passenger area of motor vehicle, obstruction of officers, operating a motor vehicle without registration or valid license plate, and DUI/any combination of alcohol/drugs/less safe.