NWGA Scanner | April 13th, 2021

Sunday morning high-speed chase ends with Catoosa County deputy and motorcyclist crashing

According to two separate Georgia State Patrol crash reports, on Sunday, April 11th, 2021, at around 12:45 AM, a 1998 Suzuki GXS750 being driven by Kristian Tyler Hale, 22, of Harrison, TN, was traveling north while negotiating a right curve in the right northbound lane of GA-3 (Hwy 41). Hale was activity fleeing a marked Catoosa County Deputy. Hale was driving recklessly, and he failed to maintain his lane as he traveled off the roadway onto the left shoulder. The motorcycle and Hale fell down the embankment before hitting the other side of the embankment with the front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle overturned multiple times before coming to an uncontrolled rest on its right side. A Catoosa County 2018 Dodge Charger Patrol vehicle being driven by Deputy Torres was traveling north while negotiating the same right curve in the right northbound lane of GA-3. The deputy was in an active high-speed pursuit with the Suzuki motorcycle. According to the GSP report, the deputy failed to maintain his lane, and he traveled off the roadway onto the left shoulder. The patrol vehicle began rotating clockwise, and the deputy hit a concrete culvert with the driver-side front tire of the patrol vehicle. This impact caused the patrol vehicle to overturn onto its driver side, and the roof of the patrol vehicle hit a tree. This impact caused the patrol vehicle to rotate counterclockwise as the patrol vehicle overturned back onto its wheels. The patrol came to an uncontrolled rest facing west on the left shoulder of the roadway. Hales seriously injured in the crash and was transported by Puckett EMS to Erlanger in Chattanooga. The deputy was injured in the crash.