NWGA Scanner | October 8th, 2021

Pursuit of U-Haul from Signal Mountain ends in crash in Fort Oglethorpe, suspect seriously injured

According to reports, Hamilton County Deputies attempted to stop a U-Haul truck on Signal Mountain Road in Signal Mountain, TN. The pursuit went southbound on Highway 27 and then westbound on I-24 in the city of Chattanooga with speeds around 90 mph. The pursuit went into Walker and Catoosa County before crashing inside the city limits of Fort Oglethorpe. According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, on September 25th, 2021, at around 1:48 AM, a 2002 Ford F-450 U-Haul being driven by Samuel Cole, 32, of Cumming, Georgia, was traveling westbound on Patterson Avenue at a high rate of speed attempting to elude Hamilton County law enforcement. A 2006 Pontiac Torrent was parked on the left side of West Patterson Avenue facing east. A 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was parked behind the Pontiac facing west. The fourth vehicle involved a 2014 Toyota Corolla was parked in front of the Chevrolet, also facing west. Samuel ran a stop sign and crossed Old Lafayette Road onto West Patterson Avenue. On West Patterson Avenue, Samuel lost control and was still traveling at a high rate of speed. Samuel struck the front bumper of the Pontiac with the front bumper of the U-Haul. After striking the Pontiac, both vehicles continued to travel westbound and struck the rear bumper area of the Chevrolet. After this impact, the U-Haul then overturned onto in passenger side and came to a final uncontrolled rest facing south on its passenger side. During the contact with the U-haul, the Chevrolet rotated clockwise and was forced into the rear bumper of the Toyota. Samuel was not wearing a seatbelt and had to be extricated out of the truck by Catoosa County Fire Department. Samuel was seriously injured in the crash and transported to Erlanger Medical in Chattanooga by Puckett EMS. GSP SCRTA responded to the scene and assisted with the crash investigation. On September 26th, 2021, Samuel was booked into the Hamilton County Jail, charged with felony evading, speeding, reckless driving, driving without a driver’s license, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug-related objects, and light law violation.