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Suspects lead Collegedale officers on chase from SAU campus to Chattanooga

From NewsChannel 9: Two suspects are in custody after police in Collegedale say they led officers on a chase that started at the campus of Southern Adventist University (SAU).

 

A post from Collegedale Police said the incident began while officers were conducting checks of the SAU campus after receiving reports of several vehicle break-ins.

The post says officers spotted two people walking around vehicles and through the parking lot of the school’s dormitories.

 

Those officers tried to stop the suspect vehicle as it left campus, but the driver didn’t stop, and a chase got underway.

 

The chase led officers through Hamilton County, with Collegedale officers letting Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies take the lead.

 

The driver led officers on a chase that went through the parking lot of our studios and in front of the eyes of some of our co-workers who were getting coffee in the breakroom. Apparently the driver thought (incorrectly) there was an outlet to nearby Highway 153 behind our studios.

 

Police say the chase finally ended at the 1200 block of East 3rd Street, on the bridge near the City of Chattanooga recycling center, with both suspects taken into custody.

Police say the suspects have theft-related warrants in Collegedale.

 

The driver was charged with evading, felony possession of drugs and paraphernalia, reckless endangerment and driving on a suspended license.

 

The passenger was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Right now, police aren’t sure whether the pair broke into any vehicles on the SAU campus.

 

We’re working to learn more details, including the identities of the suspects.

 

We’re also working to retrieve our own surveillance footage that recorded the chase.

 

We’ll update this story as we get more details.

 

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While conducting business checks due to recent auto burglaries and thefts on the campus of Southern Adventist University night shift officers observed two individuals walking around vehicles and through the parking lot of the school’s dormitories. Police attempted to stop the suspect vehicle as it left the campus, however the driver refused to stop and led police in a pursuit that ended in the 1200 block of East 3rd Street in Chattanooga. Both individuals were taken into custody and both were found to have theft related warrants out of Collegedale. The driver was additionally charged with evading, felony possession of drugs and paraphernalia, reckless endangerment, and driving on a suspended license. The passenger was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. It is unclear at this time if any vehicles were entered or items stolen by the suspects.