Authorities in Two States Seek Man Who Led Them on a Wild Chase Ending at the Chickamauga Battlefield

The man who led police on a two-state chase ending in the Chickamauga Battlefield—is still on the loose at this hour.
It apparently began as a domestic dispute early in the morning in Chattanooga.
It turned into a shooting incident, and ended with a wrecked car.

The Chickamauga Battlefield was on lock-down for several hours early Friday morning as officers searched for Dewayne Burns. Chattanooga police chased his speeding car into Fort Oglethorpe where he raced into the park and wrecked on a turn.

WHITNEY CUMMINGS, WITNESS “He was probably hitting a 100 because he was flooring it.”

A ranger spotted the disabled Dodge Charger

TODD ROEDER, BATTLEFIELD PARK RANGER “He was in the vicinity of LaFayette road…at Dyer Road when he came upon a vehicle that had crashed. And shortly thereafter, Fort Oglethorpe units came on the scene…the individual ran north from the accident into the woods.”

Police flooded the area looking for the suspect.
Whitney Cummings and her boyfriend had just picked up a friend at the Hutcheson emergency room. The friend, like the suspect, was black.

WHITNEY CUMMINGS “Guns drawn…told him to put his hands up ….I have two on this side, I have one on this side…they’re just not letting us go nowhere. More cops are pulling up…they had to make sure like, we had to make sure you’re not who we’re looking for.”

Fort Oglethorpe police Captain Gary McConathy says two of his officers fired at the fleeing car. It’s not known if Burns returned fire, but officers found a 12 gauge shotgun and a pistol inside his vehicle.

The park was reopened at 10 a.m.

WHITNEY CUMMINGS, WITNESS “It was crazy. I hope they catch him, though. But he’s got a good lead, I mean if they didn’t find him last night with the dogs ..(shrugs).

The GBI has now taken over the case. Police say Dewayne Burns is a large man—about 6’5 and 340 pounds, and should be considered dangerous.
Anyone with information about Burns’ whereabouts is asked to call the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department.

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