UPDATE: Chattanooga police say man strangled officer, stole patrol car #Patrol_CarFebruary 12, 2019
UPDATE: Chattanooga police say a man strangled an officer and stole that officer’s patrol car.
Melissa Hibbetts and her daughter watched and recorded as police sped by their home going at least 100 miles per hour chasing Gearing.
More than a dozen CPD patrol cars could be seen from the Channel 3 Newsroom pursuing a suspect on Highway 27 North.
Channel 3 has reached out to the Chattanooga Police Department for more information but have not heard back at this time.
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Quintez D. Gearing is facing several charges after getting into a physical altercation with a Chattanooga Police Department officer, stealing the officer’s patrol car, and leading police on a high-speed chase on February 5.
According to the affidavit, CPD officer, Jonah Odenthal, pulled over Gearing near Dorris Street in Chattanooga.
According to Officer Odenthal’s statement, Gearing attempted to reach for the officer’s gun and began strangling him during the fight.
Chattanooga Police began a high-speed vehicle pursuit of Gearing in the stolen patrol car.
The pursuit continued on Highway 27 Northbound until Gearing got the stolen vehicle stuck in mud at 5319 Mountain Creek Road.