More details revealed about high speed chase that ended in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – According to an arrest affidavit, the suspect captured after leading highway patrol on a high speed chase struck multiple vehicles without any regard for public safety.

Cardarius Caldwell, 20 of Nashville remains inside the Hamilton County jail after leading officers on a high speed chase into Chattanooga early Wednesday evening.

“He was hitting vehicles throughout his maneuvering of Chattanooga,” said Tennessee Highway Patrol Lieutenant John Harmon.

According to law enforcement, the drama began when Caldwell brought a woman he met on Facebook to a home in Nashville. Caldwell is accused of raping the woman inside the home. Neighbors called police after hearing the woman screaming for help.

“She was screaming. He doesn’t know exactly what was going on.  He just heard the screaming and then he heard someone yelling,” said one Nashville resident who was stating what a fellow neighbor heard coming from the house.

When Nashville police arrived, Caldwell was seen fleeing the house before officers say he stole a car from a nearby gas station. A BOLO was issued for the stolen vehicle.

Highway patrol officers based out of the Chattanooga office spotted the car near the state line.

“Once they began to stop the suspect, that’s when he began fleeing,” Harmon said.

As Caldwell entered Chattanooga city limits, police say he encountered heavy traffic that slowed him down.

“He was weaving in and out traffic,” Harmon said.

According to investigators, the high rate of speed combined with the weaving between other vehicles is what put many motorist in danger. Multiple cars including two highway patrol vehicles were damaged as a result of the chase.

In addition to the charges out of Nashville, Caldwell is also facing 10 counts of reckless endangerment in Chattanooga because of the wrecks police say he caused. Luckily non of the wrecks caused any serious injures.

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