NWGA Scanner | February 9th, 2021

Rossville teen arrested on felony assault charges in hit-and-run that seriously injured teen

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, Jagger Haden Alegre, 17, of Rossville, was booked in the Catoosa County Jail was arrested early Thursday morning following an investigation into a hit-and-run that left another teenager seriously injured just before midnight Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021. According to the incident report, the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office charged Alegre with aggravated assault and possession of marijuana following a dispute involving several teens. Preston Luke Stephens, 18, of Ringgold, received serious injuries from being struck by a moving vehicle. According to the report, at around 11:46 PM, Catoosa County deputies and first responders were called to the scene outside of a home on Fallbrooke Lane on reports of a person possibly struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, deputies found the teen lying in a driveway with serious injuries. Stephens was treated by first responders and rushed to Erlanger by Puckett EMS. A witness who called 911 said he heard a commotion outside his residence and, when he looked out of his garage, he observed a white 2009 Chevrolet Impala with a police light bar on top stuck in the mud. The Chevrolet was able to get unstuck and sped away. The witness said he then saw Mr. Stephens lying on the ground and called 911. The witness stated he got into his vehicle to pursued the car giving information to dispatchers. Based on multiple witness accounts and evidence found at the scene, investigators believe the incident is the result of a dispute between Stephens and several others who were inside the Chevrolet. Witnesses say as the dispute escalated, Stephens allegedly reached into the vehicle through a window, and the driver, Alegre, drove away, striking a mailbox and curb when Stephens suffered injuries. The Chevrolet Impala Alegre was driving, and three other passengers were found shortly after by Ringgold Police officers on Alabama Highway. After a traffic stop on the I-75 ramp, all four occupants were brought to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office for further questioning. Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk says the investigation continues into what caused the dispute. According to a GoFundMe, Luke Stephens, a senior from Catoosa County, is in critical condition in the ICU at Erlanger Trauma. He has a skull fracture, small brain bleed, 11 fractured ribs, multiple fractures in his back, and a possible left arm fracture, lacerations to his bronchial tube, collapsed lung, chest tube, and is intubated.” There has been an outpouring of generosity from the community. Over 100 people have donated, raising over $6,000 for Luke and his family.”

To view the GoFundMe please visit: https://gf.me/v/c/byc/luke-stephens-needs-your-support