High speed chase suspect in custody; held without bond
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – A man wanted in connection to a February high speed chase in Chattanooga is now in custody.
Giorgio Hugley, 28, of Chattanooga was taken into custody Friday on a warrant that was issued for his arrest earlier this year.
According to an affidavit obtained by News 12, the case against Hugley began on Thursday February 25th when a Chattanooga police officer noticed Hugley’s vehicle was blocking the roadway inside East Lake Courts.
The affidavit goes on to say that when the officer activated his emergency lights, Hugley sped off at a high rate of speed with six children in the vehicle. With the officer in pursuit, Hughley reportedly jumped from his moving vehicle in the 2800 block of 4th Avenue.
As soon as the officer began to chase Hughley on foot, he heard children screaming from Hugley’s vehicle which was still in motion as it rolled down the street. Instead of chasing after Hughley, the officer ran toward the slow moving vehicle that hit an object which caused the vehicle to stop.
None of the children nor a female adult who was also a passenger in the vehicle were injured. That woman told police that Hughley was her boyfriend and that they had been living together for several years. She also told the police that Hugley ran because he is on an East Lake trespass list and that he also had marijuana in the vehicle.
Hughley now faces charges that include:
Two counts of evading arrest
No auto insurance
Four counts of unrestrained children
Driving on revoked license
Possession of a controlled substance
Hughley is being held without bond and he is scheduled to appear in court next Wednesday.