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Man Crashes into Garage Following High-Speed Chase by Deputies

High-speed chase aftermath scene

Man Crashes into Garage Following High-Speed Chase by Deputies

Suspect Apprehended after Chaotic Episode in Chattanooga

Chaos in Chattanooga

In a dramatic chase that unfolded in the early hours of Monday, March 18, 2024, a man identified as Thomas Claxton, 28, led Hamilton County deputies on a high-speed pursuit across Chattanooga. Claxton reportedly crashed his vehicle into a garage and attempted to hide inside the property before he was eventually arrested by the Sheriff’s Office.

Suspect Identified: Charges Laid

Thomas Claxton is now facing multiple charges, including evasion of arrest, aggravated kidnapping, burglary, and driving under the influence. Additional charges for possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as traffic violations such as speeding and running stop signs, are also pending against him. Notably, there were two people with Claxton in the car during the pursuit, as indicated in a sworn law enforcement affidavit.

Origin of the High-Speed Chase

According to reports, a deputy spotted Claxton’s car at a Mapco gas station near North Hickory Valley Road and Highway 58 around 3:30 a.m. The vehicle was reportedly recognized as being regularly parked outside a residence known for its involvement in criminal and narcotic-related activities. The chase began when Claxton failed to respond to the deputy’s attempt to pull him over, following the observation of a broken tag light on his vehicle.

An End to the Pursuit

The high-speed pursuit ended when Claxton’s vehicle crashed into a garage. Following the crash, he tried to evade the authorities by hiding inside the garage. However, his attempts proved futile as he was quickly apprehended and taken into custody.

Moving Forward

Law enforcement agencies are working diligently to wrap up the investigation surrounding the disconcerting incident. All involved parties are cooperating with the authorities to ensure a full understanding of the event. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and other local authorities have reiterated their commitment to maintaining peace and safety in Chattanooga.

This is a developing story. More updates to come.

Written and Compiled by HERE News Network

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