Hearing over chase that included Chief Deputy Austin Garrett
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Hamilton County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Austin Garrett was involved in a high speed pursuit in December.
Today was the preliminary hearing to determine if the case would go to grand jury.
Authorities allege Randall Keeton initiated a high speed car chase on a busy afternoon just before last Christmas.
Before Judge Christy Sell at the Hamilton County Courthouse, Chief Deputy Garrett testified that Keeton blew past him near the Hamilton Place Mall, kicking off a high speed chase that ended miles down the road off the Cloud Springs exit in Georgia off 75 South.
Keeton was found with drug paraphenalia in his pockets and a gun and ammo inside the car.
But what Judge Sell and Garrett found most disturbing was his ten-year-old daughter was in the car with him for the entire dramatic drive.
The Chief Deputy said “Fortunately, it ended without anyone injured with the exception of that young girl. She’s traumatized. And as a parent, it’s horrifying to know that someone would put their child in that kind of danger.”
After strongly admonishing Keeton for the thousands of people, especially his daughter, that he put in danger during the chase, she bound the case over to grand jury and doubled his bond to 3-hundred 50-thousand dollars.