NWGA Scanner | February 7th, 2022

South Carolina man arrested after wild pursuit in stolen Chattanooga Police vehicle Sunday ends in Catoosa County

According to the Chattanooga Police Department, On February 6, 2022, at approximately 10:20 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 2727 Rossville Boulevard on a report of a disorder. Upon arrival, officers learned that the store clerk at this location had been involved in a dispute with a shoplifting suspect. During the incident the suspect threw a fountain drink he was attempting to shoplift at her and then left the store. Officers located man identified as Christopher Edward Parker, 42, of Spartanburg County, South Carolina, walking East on I-24 on the shoulder and attempted to detain him. Parker became combative and engaged in a physical altercation with the officer, attempting to shove him down the embankment.  At some point Parker was able to knock the officer to the ground and make his way to the driver’s side of the patrol vehicle. As the officer was attempting to once again gain control of the Parker, Parker was able to enter the patrol vehicle and place the car in drive. At which time the officer fired his weapon at the suspect. Parker then fled the scene in the marked police cruiser. CPD officers immediately broadcast the direction of travel of the vehicle and dispatch notified surrounding agencies of the incident. According to the Georgia State Patrol, “At 10:37 a.m., a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol Post 5 Dalton responded to the intersection of GA 151 and Interstate 75 in reference to a stolen Chattanooga Police vehicle being in a pursuit on Interstate 75 South in Georgia.  The pursuit passed the trooper’s location, and he took the primary position in the pursuit.  While on Interstate 75 South, the trooper performed the P.I.T. maneuver to terminate the pursuit. After the successful P.I.T. maneuver was performed, the violator ran from the scene.  At 11:35 a.m., the suspect was taken into custody with the assistance of a K-9 and other law enforcement agencies assisting in the search. No injuries were reported.” Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk says K9 officer Fraya and her handler Deputy Tony Penson helped capture Parker. Sheriff Sisk says after Parker left the police cruiser and ran into the woods, it was Fraya who finally located him. “I commend K-9 ‘Fraya’, her handler deputy Penson, and all of the responding officers who ended the pursuit and captured Mr. Parker without serious injury,” said Sheriff Sisk. “The successful outcome is the result of the excellent working relationships with our law enforcement partners, their training and dedication to serving our citizens.”

K9 officer Fraya and her handler Deputy Tony Penson

The Chattanooga officer will be placed on administrative leave in accordance with Department policy.  The case remains active and an investigation is ongoing. The suspect’s charges will be added at a later time. The suspect was not hit by gunfire nor was the officer injured. Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call 423 698-2525 or submit a tip via the CPD Mobile App. You can remain anonymous. According to Catoosa County Jail records, Parker was booked into the Catoosa County Jail, charged with felony theft by bringing stolen property into another state, felony fleeing, convicted felon in possession of firearm, possession of amphetamine, driving while license suspended, and a list of traffic charges.