UPDATE: Suspect identified in police chase that spanned two counties

Authorities confirm at least one person is in custody. (Image: WTVC)


Varnell police say they received a shoplifting call at Circle K located at the intersection of Georgia State Route in the city.

When Officer Scott Swilley got there, he noticed the car starting to leave and tried to stop it.

That's when Varnell police say the car, driven by Aaron Brumlow of Soddy Daisy, initially stopped but then sped off, leading police on a chase with speeds reaching 115 miles per hour.

Police say due to the Brumlow's erratic driving throughout several Cohutta and Varnell roads, before police blocked his inside a neighborhood.

Police say when the officer got out of his car and demanded Brumlow stop, that's when police say Brumlow turned the car into a weapon and attempted to flee again.

They say in fear of his life, the officer fired his service weapon as Brumlow drove away.

The car was then spotted by Whitfield County deputies and another chase started, before several law enforcement agencies helped perform a PIT maneuver, stopping the car.

Brumlow, another man and two women were taken into custody.

Police say Brumlow was on a state felony probation in Tennessee and misdemeanor charges are pending against one of the female passengers.

Varnell PD says the GBI has been called in to investigate, per normal procedure and Officer Swilley has been placed on mandatory administrative leave.


A police chase that spanned both Whitfield and Catoosa counties ended in Tunnel Hill early Friday morning.

Varnell police confirm that three people were taken into custody after the chase, and that there was an officer-involved shooting.

Varnell Police posted on their Facebook page, saying "a Varnell PD officer was involved in a dangerous incident that required the use of his issued police firearm. We have identified the suspects from the incident and our officer is not injured."

The chase ended at G. Vaughn Parkway at North Varnell Road.

Officers with the Whitfield County Sheriff's Department, the Varnell Police Department, and Tunnel Hill Police Department are all on the scene. Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) are now there, too.

Depend on us for updates on this developing story as we get them.

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