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Dade County Sheriff’s Office tackle two high-speed chases in 48 hours.

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.”



  1. Sandra Jean Carmichael on November 5, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Fine job by the Men and Women in Blue, as well as their coordinating 911 Dispatchers. Thanks to ALL of you.

    And BTW, neighbors, we are past the Major Election. Now, all of is need to take a deep breath and recall that all the prople we argued fiercely with on Monday, are still our neighbors and put Down the Machete.

    Sincerely yours,
    Sandra “Jean” Carmichael, MD

  2. Sandra Jean Carmichael on November 5, 2020 at 8:59 am

    And, as it is Veteran’s Day, turn to your family member, friend, spouse and tell them, “I did vote. Thanks for your sacrifice.”

    Daughter of Veterans, My dad was SSGT Alton Eugene Carmichael, USAF, deceased, and my biological father, likewise deceased (and Belated Thank-yous to Dr. Bhutwalla and the staff at CHI Memorial South. They went beyond expectations to care for him in his last 2-3 weeks as thos 90+ vet dwindled,) TSGT Marion Otto “MO” Cox, USAF.

    My brother, Carl Carmichael, USMarine corps veteran, my oldest nephew, Jacob Derrig, USMC veteran. And, finally, but not lastly, the nephew who spent 2.5 years attending Dade Co. HS, under my auspices, veteran of the 2nd Gulf War, is wounded warrior, now self-rehabbed and working as a Catoosa Co Sheriff’s Deputy, Randy Lee Carmichael, U.S. Army.

    Thanks to all my cousins, Navy and AF, and my Friend, Nathan Sneed, veteran of the first Gulf War, US Navy, submariner in charge of those nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles with which he dwelt, ret’d.

    Sandra “Jean” Carmichael, MD

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