Suspect faces 22 charges after chase through Red Bank

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – An escapee from Middle Tennessee faces 22 charges in Hamilton County following a chase early this morning.

The Sheriff’s Office says a deputy spotted the vehicle speeding and driving recklessly on Highway 27 in Soddy Daisy.

But when he tried to stop it, the vehicle sped away, recklessly.

However, the deputy chose not to pursue for safety reasons.

The vehicle was spotted by another deputy on Highway 27 a shot time later.

Once again, the vehicle refused to stop.

That chase continued down Highway 27 until the fleeing vehicle plunged down through the grass to get to Signal Mountain Road.

But he hit the following deputy’s vehicle, knocking it out of action.

The fleeing vehicle continued until the driver abandoned it a few blocks later on Dayton Boulevard before getting to Stringer’s Ridge.

The driver fled on foot.

Red Bank, Chattanooga and Hamilton County law enforcement all joined the manhunt.

They eventually arrested Todd Payne.

Investigators say the vehicle he was fleeing in was also stolen.

Todd PayneHere are the charges Hamilton County has filed against Payne:

  • Reckless Driving
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Speeding
  • Driving Left of Center
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Careless Driving
  • Cutting in Traffic
  • Due Care
  • Driving on Revoked
  • Driving on Roadways Lanes for Traffic
  • Evading
  • Improper Passing
  • Leaving Scene of Accident with Damage to Vehicle
  • Left of Center
  • Passing School Bus (illegal)
  • Possession of Stolen License Plate
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Unlawful Removal of Registration
  • Use of Stolen Plates
  • Failure to Maintain Lane
  • Following Too Close
  • Driving under the Influence

He also has a warrant out for him in Putnam County for Escape.

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