Chase ends with car in Tennessee River, two in custody, driver still at large

Divers at River Canyon Road search for the driver who eluded officers Monday night. (Image: WTVC)


On Friday, Matt Blansett of the Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) says crews recovered a body from near where this incident happened Monday night, at 1900 Suck Creek Road.

G.A. Bennett of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office later confirmed the body was that of the man who was trying to evade capture, 28-year-old Michael Shane Huffman.

Depend on us to keep you posted.


Deputies with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) say they are looking for a man who led them on a chase late Monday night. The chase ended with a car in the Tennessee River and two women inside who needed to be rescued.

Director of Support Services G.A. Bennett tells NewsChannel 9 that the incident happened just after 10 p.m. with a police chase starting in the 2300 block of Suck Creek Road.

Bennett says a deputy chased the vehicle to the 19500 block of River Canyon Road.

That's where Bennett says the vehicle left the roadway, and traveled through the yard of a private residence.

Bennett says the driver jumped out of the vehicle and ran down a boatramp and into the waterfroont, but left the vehicle in drive. The vehicle continued to go down a boat ramp and into the Tennessee River. Right after that happened, Bennett says two women jumped out. One of them made it to shore, but a second one, along with the driver, swam out into the river, refusing comments of deputies to swim toward the shoreline.

Bennett says deputies finally managed to apprehend the other woman out of the river.

Both unidentified women were taken to a local hospital for a medical assessment and will be taken to the Hamilton County Jail for processing once they are released.

Bennett says the man who fled from officers is still at large. Deputies continue to look for him. Later on Tuesday, divers searched the area of the river where the male suspect was last seen.

The vehicle in the river has been located, and authorities are working to pull it out.

This is the first of two police chases in Hamilton County that happened in a period of hours. Read about the other one, which happened in Ooltewah, here.

This is a developing story. Depend on us to bring you updates as we get them.

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