Police chase ends on Highway 58 Thursday of van with 2 children inside
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating after a police chase that went for several miles and at high speeds in Hamilton and Catoosa counties ended shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Highway 58 near Ramsey Road.
NewsChannel 9 is told five people were inside the car, two of them children. Ambulances took all five to the hospital, but the THP says the injuries were not serious.
A trooper says another trooper tried to stop the speeding van but it wouldn't stop, leading to the chase.
Chattanooga Police officers joined in the chase on Jersey Pike. At one point, troopers put down spike strips to try to stop the van, but were unsuccessful.
Another officer attempted a pit maneuver to try to block the driver in. An affidavit says the driver hit a State Park patrol car before driving on.
The car eventually crashed into a tree near the 8000 block of Highway 58. The affidavit says the driver got out and tried to run away. Authorities caught up with him about 40 yards up the hill. The affidavit says he resisted arrest.
NewsChannel 9 is told the children were ages 1 and 3.
Authorities later identified the driver as 22-year-old Charles Michael Berry of Chattanooga. NewsChannel 9 learned Berry served a 6-month jail sentence for domestic assault starting in May of last year. He was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in prison, and was released for good behavior after serving six months.
Police also identified the adult passengers as 22-year-old Rachael Simmons of Chattanooga and 29-year-old Laura Quinn of Rossville.
The NewsChannel 9 SkyCam is also getting a view from the air:
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This is a developing story. Depend on NewsChannel 9 for updates.