NWGA Scanner | April 15th, 2021

Chattanooga women arrested after felony shoplifting in Calhoun leads to high-speed chase on I-75

According to the Calhoun Police Department, on Monday afternoon, an officer responded to a trespassing call at the Calhoun Outlet Marketplace located at 455 Belwood Road. The call stated two women were trespassing at the Polo Ralph Lauren store. The women had previously shoplifted from the store. While en route, the officer was advised the women had grabbed a handful of high-end clothes and ran out of the store. The women took off in a white Ford Fusion going north on Highway 53. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle being driven by Miracle Kadasha Bates, 19, of Chattanooga. Bates field to stop initiating a felony high-speed pursuit with the officer. The repots says Bates drove at speeds well over 100 miles per hour and almost caused several crashes during her attempt to the escapee. As the pursuit passed the 315 Exit for Red Bud Road, a Gordon County Sheriff’s deputy took the lead. The pursuit continued into Whitfield County with the Bates still driving recklessly. Near the Carbondale Exit, a Gordon County Deputy performed a PIT maneuver to safely end the pursuit. The PIT maneuver caused the car to lose control, hit a guard rail, and spin out of control, coming to a final resting place off the shoulder of I-75. The Calhoun Police officer aimed his patrol rifle at the two women while yelling commands. The driver, Miracle Bates, and passenger Nychicia Driver were then taken into custody without incident. Inside the car, officers and deputies found a large amount of Polo Ralph Lauren brand clothing with sales tags and security tags, worth $4,810. Bates was booked into the Gordon County Jail charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer x2, felony theft by shoplifting, driving without a license, driving without insurance, reckless driving x2, speeding, passing on the right, and aggressive driving. Driver was booked into the Gordon County Jail charged with felony theft by shoplifting. According to jail records at the time of this report, Bates is still being held in the Gordon County Jail.