NWGA Scanner | May 31st, 2022

Tennessee pair arrested after brief 130 mph pursuit on I-75 in Catoosa County

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On May 22nd, 2022, at approximately 1:36 AM, Deputy Harris was working traffic on Interstate 75 northbound at approximately mile marker 342 when he observed a 2022 Dodge Charger driving northbound at a high rate of speed. According to the report, “Deputy Harris confirmed the vehicle operating at 130 MPH in a 70 MPH zone. Deputy Harris activated his emergency lights and sirens before leaving the shoulder of the roadway with the offender’s vehicle within a reasonable distance of Deputy Harris’ patrol vehicle. The vehicle did not show any signs that it would slow down or stop, and Deputy Harris advised Catoosa County Dispatch that he was in pursuit of the vehicle.” The vehicle continued to operate at a high rate of speed northbound on Interstate 75 until approximately mile marker 347 at a rate of speed in excess of 20 MPH above the posted speed limit. The Dodge Charger then slowed down and pulled onto the right-hand shoulder of the interstate. According to the report, “Deputy Harris gave clear verbal commands to the driver to turn the vehicle off, open the door, and walk back to Deputy Harris. All verbal commands given to the driver were complied with. Deputy Harris then asked the driver if anyone else was in the vehicle with him, and he advised that his bother was in the front passenger seat.” The driver was identified as Kristopher Khari Hutchins, 26, of Tennessee. Deputy Harris asked Hutchins why he was driving so fast, and he replied that he had a speeding problem. Deputy Harris then asked Hutchins why he did not stop when lights and sirens were activated, and Hutchins stated that he did not see Deputy Harris until just before stopping. The passenger, identified as Corey Tremayne Palmer, 37, of Chattanooga, returned through NCIC/GCIC with a warrant for his arrest through Catoosa County State Court. Palmer was searched and found to be in possession of Hydrocodone. Deputy Harris located an open bottle of Cagnac D’usse labeled at 40 percent alcohol by volume in the front passenger compartment of the vehicle within reach of the driver’s seat. Both Hutchins and Palmer were arrested and transported to the Catoosa County Jail. Hutchins was booked and charged with speeding, reckless driving, felony fleeing, and open container violation. Palmer was charged with probation violation and possession of schedule II.