The Dade County Sheriff’s Office responded to two separate high-speed pursuits on Oct. 19 and 20.
The first pursuit occurred at 11:11 p.m. on Oct. 19 when the DCSO was notified of a pursuit entering the county. Police from Chattanooga and Hamilton County were in pursuit of an SUV suspected of involvement in an armed robbery.
DCSO Public Information Office Hailey Smith said the DCSO joined the pursuit on Interstate 24 East at the Marion County line where spike strips were successfully deployed. A DCSO unit pinned the suspect’s vehicle, allowing units to move in and place two suspects in custody. No injuries were reported.
“Two suspects were taken into custody for possession of a stolen vehicle, felony eluding and possession of controlled substances,” Smith said.
The suspects have yet to be publicly identified.
The second pursuit occurred on Oct. 20 when the DCSO was notified by the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office that a vehicle connected to a business theft in Fort Payne, Ala. was approaching Dade County.
A Dekalb County deputy made contact with the vehicle and attempted to perform a traffic stop in Fort Payne when the vehicle fled, leading to a multi-unit pursuit up Interstate 59, Highway 117, Highway 40 and Highway 75 at a high rate of speed.
According to a Facebook post from Dekalb County, the pursuit safely ended at the Georgia state line with the assistance of the DCSO.
The suspect was identified as Ethan Miller from Lafayette, Ga. Miller is currently being held at the Dade County Detention Center.
Dekalb County was assisted in the pursuit not only by the DCSO but also by the Fort Payne Police Department, Henagar Police Department, Valley Head Police Department, Mentone Police Department and Ider Police Department.
“Glad to work with our neighboring agencies,” Smith said in a Facebook post. “Note to criminals – if you run to Dade County, you will be stopped, you will be apprehended and we will see that you are prosecuted. Fine work to all agencies involved.”