UPDATE: Suspect arrested after leading authorities on high speed chase in Bradley, Polk counties – Chattanooga Times Free Press
This story was updated Friday, July 19, 2019, at 8:45 p.m. with more information.
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday night the arrest of a man who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle, at times reaching speeds up to 100 miles per hour.
The suspect, identified as Dakota Tolan, continued driving on the wheel rims of the Chevy Trailblazer after police used a spike strip, and he was only stopped after losing control of his vehicle. Police had to use a Taser and a K-9 unit to remove him from the SUV, according to a news release from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident began at 5:30 p.m. Friday, the release states, when a reported stolen Chevy Trailblazer was spotted at the intersection of 6th Street and Old Powerline Road in Bradley County. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but Tolan fled.
The Trailblazer traveled down Benton Pike into Polk County, where Polk County/Benton City Police and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office joined the chase.
“Spike strips were used in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but were unsuccessful,” the news release states. “The suspect continued driving on only the vehicle’s rims.”
The pursuit ended on Highway 411 in Polk County when Tolan lost control of the vehicle. However, he refused to exit the Trailblazer, so police used a Taser and a K-9 unit.
“The suspect was eventually pulled from the vehicle, and place in custody,” the release states. Tolan was treated and taken to the Cleveland Regional Jetport where he was then flown by air ambulance for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.
Tolan was found to have outstanding warrants in Polk County. He is facing additional felony warrants in Bradley and Polk counties as a result of the pursuit and vehicle theft. He was to be booked into the Bradley County jail after being released from the hospital.